Two Britons dead in Majorca flash floods
COUPLE IN TAXI SWEPT AWAY
TWO British nationals are among the victims of a devastating flood that hit the popular tourist island of Majorca overnight.
At least nine people are believed to have died when torrential rainstorms deluged the town of Sant Llorenc, about 40 miles east of the capital, Palma, on Tuesday evening.
The deputy mayor of the town, Antonia Bauza, confirmed to Cadena SER radio that two of the victims were British, while two others killed in the town were locals. An elderly woman’s body was found in the basement of her house.
Two further victims died in the town of S’illot, authorities said.
The Foreign Office said it was “urgently seeking updates” from their Spanish counterparts about the fate of any British people stranded in the area.
The two British victims, believed to be a couple, were reportedly in a taxi when they were caught in a flash flood.
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.”
Witnesses said a dry creek overflowed, creating a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore down trees.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called news of the flooding “devastating”.