Two Bri­tons dead in Ma­jorca flash floods

COU­PLE IN TAXI SWEPT AWAY

Warwickshire Telegraph - - WORLD -

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”.

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