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ibusinesslines.com December 18, 2018


Spain: Heavy rains, floods kill at least five in Mallorca

11 October 2018, 12:06 | Charlene Valdez

The floodwaters tore down trees, swept numerous cars and trucks into piles of twisted metal and buried streets under mud.

Most of the victims were discovered in the town of Sant Llorenc and another in S'illot. An elderly woman's body was found in the basement of her house.

Local television showed footage of beach umbrellas floating in the sea near S'Illot, one of the affected coastal villages.

Two of the victims were British nationals, said Antonia Bauza, the deputy mayor of Sant Llorenc, the town hardest hit by the downpours, which is about 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of Mallorca's capital, Palma.

"It all happened in less than 10 minutes", a witness told Spanish TV.

100 rescue workers have been deployed to the area, and will be joined by 80 soldiers.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called news of the flooding "devastating " on Twitter: "My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all the affected by these tragic floods".


Others were caught on the road, unable to reach their houses.

"We are grateful that we are all alive, but we pray for those that have lost their lives to this huge flood", Oliver said.

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is from Mallorca, helped residents clear mud from their houses in Sant Llorenc. In all, more than 500 people helped with rescue and cleaning up operations, authorities said. Rivers burst their banks, and swamped homes - forcing some people to take shelter in a sports center in the nearby town of Manacor.

"This is hardly seen in the islands", Del Campo said.

Spain's weather agency said up to 22 centimeters (8.7 inches) of rain fell within four hours, triggering flash floods in the island.

The thunderstorms are still circulating in the region and further torrential rain is expected on Wednesday and Thursday, with southern France and northwest Italy being most at risk of flooding.



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