Majorca floods: Two Britons reported among five dead amid 'biblical' scenes

Lester Mason
October 10, 2018

Two British nationals are among the victims of a devastating flood that hit the popular tourist island of Majorca overnight.

At least another 12 people were still missing after the downpours, local media reported, though emergency services declined to confirm that figure.

The British Foreign Office said it is "urgently seeking updates" from local authorities after reports that two Britons were among those killed.

A policeman searches for victims near of the beach of Sillot, in Mallorca island, eastern Spain, 10 October 2018, a day after the flash floods caused by heavy rainfall hitting the island.

Videos posted online showed cars floating down the street in floodwater that was several feet deep.

"We had to swim to try to survive."

Two of those killed were in Sant Llorenc, one in Arta and two more in S'Illot.

Hundreds of displaced residents are seeking shelter in emergency relief centres, while soldiers have been sent to assist the rescue effort, Spanish authorities said. The flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads.

The Spanish weather agency reported around 8in (20.3cm) of rain fell in four hours on Tuesday evening in parts of 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.

Sanchez was planning to travel to the area later today, his office said.

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