5 dead in torrential flooding in Spain's Mallorca island

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News ID: 30018
Publish Date: 12:16 - 10 October 2018
TEHRAN, October 10 - At least five people were confirmed dead and five more remained missing on Wednesday after torrential rainstorms caused flash flooding on the Spanish island of Mallorca, authorities said.

5 dead in torrential flooding in Spain's Mallorca islandTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Two of the victims were British nationals, said Antonia Bauza, the deputy mayor of Sant Llorenc, the town hardest hit by the downpours, which is about 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of Mallorca's capital, Palma.

Bauza told Cadena SER radio that two other victims were locals, including an elderly woman whose body was found in the basement of her house.

The fifth victim was in the town of S'illot, an emergency services spokeswoman who was not authorized to be named in media reports told The Associated Press.

Authorities said 80 soldiers and seven vehicles from the military's emergency unit were dispatched to the area, joining on Wednesday more than 100 rescuers who had been working in the area overnight.

At least three towns have closed schools and hundreds of people are being sheltered in sport facilities and a local hippodrome, authorities said.

The Spanish weather agency reported some 22 centimeters (8 inches) of rainfall in four hours on Tuesday evening in parts of the island. The agency said more heavy rainfall is expected Wednesday in eastern parts of the Iberian peninsula.

The government announced that Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who called news of the flooding "devastating" in a tweet, would be flying to the area later on Wednesday.

Source: AP

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