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

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

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

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

The UK's Foreign Office said it was "urgently seeking updates" from Spanish authorities, according to the BBC, amidst fears of additional casualties among British nationals.

Authorities said 10 people, including three foreigners, died after torrential rain hit the region around the town of Sant Llorenc, about 40 miles (about 65km) east of the capital, Palma.

The Foreign Office said in a statement: "We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them".

World number one tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is from the island, was seen joining in with the clean-up effort.

An additional 12 people were still missing following the storm.

An elderly woman's body was found in the basement of her house.

Other victims were found in Arta and the coastal town of S'illot, where the overflowed creek reaches the sea.

"My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all those affected by these tragic floods", said Sanchez.

Witnesses told how they had minutes to get to safety as the water levels rose. Angela Alfaro had to spend the night in a shelter because a road section leading to Sant Llorenc had collapsed.

"As far as I know, I have lost everything", she told an AP camera crew. In all, more than 500 people helped with rescue and cleaning up operations, authorities said. The flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads.

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.

Weather authorities said more heavy rainfall was expected Wednesday in the Balearic Islands as well as eastern and southern parts of the Iberian peninsula.