Britons killed in Majorca flooding named locally amid rescue efforts

Annette Crawford
October 11, 2018

"I swam 500 metres (1,650 feet) through the torrent until I got to a house", Manuel Torrescusa told the Diario de Mallorca.

There have been at least ten deaths after devastating floods hit Nadal's native island off the coast of Spain.

The deputy mayor of the town, Antonia Bauza, confirmed to Cadena SER radio that two others killed in the area were locals.

People walk along the damaged waterfront after a storm on the island of Mallorca, Spain, on October 10, 2018.

A Foreign Office spokesman told the BBC it was aware of the reports and was investigating, but was not able to provide confirmation.

Emergency services sent out tweets in Spanish, Catalan, English and German in an indication of the prevalence of tourists and foreign residents on the island.

Spain's meteorological office said the neighbouring islands of Ibiza and Formentera were now on high alert as the rain and storms moved there.

Authorities on the popular tourist island said 10 people, three of them foreigners, died after torrential rain deluged the region around the town of Sant Llorenc, about 40 miles east of the capital, Palma.

"I don't have anything with me, just the pyjama", he was quoted as saying.

Madrid deployed military units to the Balearic Island to assist emergency workers as they searched for missing persons and cleared the streets of debris.

Pedro Sanchez, who had been filming a swollen river with his mobile phone, said he escaped through the window of his auto and swam to safety after the waters rose two metres in 30 seconds, engulfing his vehicle.

Piles of rubbish and wrecked furniture cluttered the streets in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, one of the worst-hit villages, while locals with the aid of volunteers used mops to clean up the water flooding their homes. "Our heartfelt condolences to the relatives of those who died from the floods of Sant Llorenç", the academy wrote on Twitter.

Maria Magdalena Ferrer, spokeswoman for the Manacor Hospital in the affected area, told AFP that people "who were in the hospital yesterday and weren't able to go home" stayed the night.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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