SPAN­ISH ROY­ALS VISIT FLOOD- RAV­AGED MA­JORCA

Manila Times - - World -

Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Le­tizia vis­ited a flood- rav­aged area of the hol­i­day is­land of Ma­jorca on Fri­day, of­fer­ing en­cour­age­ment to lo­cals who lost homes and loved ones in the disas­ter. The royal cou­ple vis­ited sev­eral homes that were dam­aged in Sant Llorenc des Car­das­sar, one of the towns worst- hit towns by the in­tense, driv­ing rain on Tues­day af­ter­noon which sur­prised lo­cals who only had a pre­cious few sec­onds to re­act be­fore a tor­rent of wa­ter de­scended, flood­ing homes and wash­ing away cars. The king and queen, who was dressed in mourn­ing black, shook hands with lo­cals and vol­un­teers who have come to the town from across the is­land to help with the clean- up op­er­a­tion. Felipe at one point put his hands on the shoul­ders of two young girls and posed for a pic­ture with them. Speak­ing to re­porters at the end of his visit, the king said he felt “enor­mous pride over the sol­i­dar­ity every­one has shown here.” “All of Spain has been fol­low­ing closely what hap­pened here,” he added. The royal cou­ple trav­eled to the is­land af­ter pre­sid­ing over a rain- soaked mil­i­tary pa­rade in Madrid mark­ing Spain’s na­tional day. An el­derly Bri­tish cou­ple, their Span­ish taxi driver and a hol­i­day­ing Ger­man jour­nal­ist on his way to the air­port were among the 12 peo­ple who died as the in­tense rain caused riverbeds to over­flow with rag­ing wa­ters that tore through streets and swept cars away. Span­ish Prime Min­is­ter Pe­dro Sanchez vis­ited the disas­ter zone on Wed­nes­day and de­scribed the sit­u­a­tion as “ab­so­lutely ex­tra­or­di­nary.”

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