As least 10 dead on hol­i­day isle as tor­ren­tial rain leaves lo­cals swim­ming for their lives

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Two Bri­tish tourists were killed within hours of ar­riv­ing on the hol­i­day is­land of Ma­jorca when their taxi was swept away by flood­wa­ters that were de­scribed as ‘‘bib­li­cal’’.

At least 10 peo­ple died when tor­ren­tial rain­storms del­uged the town of Sant Llorenc, about 60km east of the cap­i­tal, Palma, on Wed­nes­day.

Lloyd Milen, the Bri­tish Con­sul for the Balearic Is­lands and Cat­alo­nia, said the cou­ple had just landed in Palma and were trav­el­ling from the air­port to their ho­tel when the floods hit.

An­to­nia Bauza, the deputy mayor of the town, con­firmed to Cadena SER ra­dio that two oth­ers killed in the area were lo­cals. An el­derly woman’s body was found in her the base­ment of her house.

The For­eign Of­fice said it was ‘‘ur­gently seek­ing up­dates’’ from its Span­ish coun­ter­parts about the fate of any Bri­tish peo­ple who were stranded in the area.

Rafael Nadal, the twotime Wim­ble­don cham­pion who lives 10km from the af­fected area, opened up his sports academy in Mana­cor for those washed out of their homes and busi­nesses by the del­uge. The Nadal Academy called it a ‘‘sad day for Ma­jorca’’ and ex­tended its ‘‘deep­est con­do­lences’’ to the fam­i­lies of those killed.

The Bri­tish cou­ple were found dead in­side a taxi that had been driv­ing through the town of Sant Llorenc des Car­das­sar when a nearby river burst its banks and the ve­hi­cle was swept away.

The taxi driver, who had been work­ing for a cab firm called Ra­dio Taxi Cala Mill, is among at least eight peo­ple miss­ing af­ter18cm of rain fell in a two-hour spell overnight.

Lo­cals told how they had to swim for their lives af­ter a wall of wa­ter smashed into their homes, while oth­ers watched help­lessly as cars with peo­ple still in­side were washed away.

A spokesman for the emer­gency ser­vices said: ‘‘The Bri­tish vic­tims were trav­el­ling in a taxi that was swept away by flash floods. Their bod­ies were found in­side the ve­hi­cle.’’

She could not say what their ages were or where they were trav­el­ling to or from, adding: ‘‘This in­for­ma­tion forms part of an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Our work now is fo­cused on search­ing for those peo­ple who re­main miss­ing.’’

– Tele­graph Group

AP

Res­i­dents clear mud from a flooded street in Sant Llorenc, 60km east of Ma­jorca’s cap­i­tal, Palma, Spain.

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