Torrential rains in Majorca cause five deaths

Five missing, two victims British tourists

10 October, 12:11

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, OCTOBER 10 - At least five people have died in Majorca as a result of torrential rainfall that has hit the island in recent hours, said Spanish daily El Pais.

    It said there are also five people missing.

    Four of the victims, two of whom were British tourists, were killed in Sant Llorenc, the hardest-hit town, which is located 60 km from the capital city of Palma, according to the town's mayor.

    The fifth victim died in the city of S'illot.

    Authorities on the island have deployed 80 soldiers and seven emergency-service army vehicles to the hardest-hit areas, and over 100 rescue workers were on the scene overnight.

    Schools are closed in at least three of the island's cities, and hundreds of people who have been evacuated from their homes are sheltering inside a race track and an indoor arena.

    According to the Spanish weather service, on Tuesday some parts of Majorca received 22 centimetres of rainfall in four hours.

    Rain is forecast on Wednesday for the entire eastern side of the Iberian peninsula.

    On Twitter, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called the flooding "devastating" and is expected to survey the damage in the hardest-hit areas by helicopter on Wednesday.(ANSAmed).

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