Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Floods kill at least nine on the Spanish island of Mallorca

Floods kill at least nine on the Spanish island of Mallorca

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

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

Torrential rainstorms deluged the town of Sant Lorrenc, about 65km east of the capital Palma, yesterday evening.

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

At least three towns closed schools and hundreds of people were sheltered in sport facilities and a local horse racing track, authorities said.

Majorca was hit by devastating floods overnight.

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Two more bodies were recovered in the town of S'illot, an emergency services spokeswoman who wasn't authorized to be named in media reports told The Associated Press.

The regional government called an emergency meeting and authorities said rescue workers and military units were heading to the area to help.

Footage broadcast on Spanish television on Wednesday showed cars being swept away by raging, muddy waters, houses flooded and vehicles piled one on top of the other after the Mediterranean island was pounded with heavy rain in just a few hours. The flooding also affected phone communications and forced the closure of at least seven major roads.

According to the Spanish weather agency, more heavy rainfall is expected in eastern and southern parts of the Iberian peninsula.

A spokesperson for his office says he will visit the areas affected by flooding later on Wednesday.

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