Two Britons reportedly killed as flash flooding hits Majorca
Two Britons reportedly killed as flash flooding hits Majorca
Forecasters said around 20cm of rain fell in four hours
11 October, 2018, 12:05
Dramatic video footage on social media shows raging torrents of water gushing through the streets of the town, with reports that more than 20 centimetres of rain fell in just four hours.
One witness told a local newspaper he had to swim out of his auto through a window to safety.
"I hardly had any clothes on me as they all got caught on a metal fence when I was swimming".
At least ten people have died and it's thought that one child is still missing following a series of devastating floods which swept across the holiday island of Mallorca, in Spain's Balearic Islands.
Two Britons are thought to have been killed during flash floods in Majorca.
"We have lots of vacation homes", Bauza said.
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.
Many more foreigners live in the archipelago.
People clean the mud from their houses in Sant Llorenc, the town hardest hit by the downpours located 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of Mallorca's capital, Palma, Spain, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.
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"I don't have anything with me, just the pyjama", he was quoted as saying.
"I took refuge on the roof of a neighbour's house where I stayed for awhile", he told AFP, adding that he watched as his vehicle was swept away by the current.
Other victims were found in Arta and the coastal village of S'illot, where the creek that overflowed reaches the sea.
Around 400 emergency workers were working to search for people and help those affected, the regional government said.
Emergency services assisted by the military were said to be also searching for a five-year-old boy missing since the disaster.
Most of the victims were discovered in the town of Sant Llorenc and another in S'illot.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: 'We are supporting the family of two British people following their deaths in Spain, and will do all we can to assist them at this deeply hard time. "Our heartfelt condolences to the relatives of those who died from the floods of Sant Llorenç", the academy wrote on Twitter.
Many locals hit by the flooding spent the night in sports centres.
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