A flash flood in the island of Majorca in Spain has killed at least five many. Several people are still believed to be missing. The deceased include a British couple who were travelling in a taxi when the flood hit them. It is not clear whether they were tourists or expats. Their bodies were still inside the car when rescue workers retrieved them.
A former mayor of the town of Arta near Sant Llorenç des Cardassar is also believed to be among the deceased. Another victim Rafel Gili is the father of the town’s present mayor Tolo Gili. Another elderly man died after being inside his home due to the flood. Several people sought shelter on roofs, treetops and inside cars.
The incident occurred when a river in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar burst its bank after heavy rain. A ginormous wave of muddy water encapsulated the entire town, located in the east of the Spanish island. The Spain flash flood swept away several cars. According to local media reports, around twenty people are still missing. This includes the driver of the taxi in while the British couple was traveling.
Rescue operations have started in Spain
Authorities of the regional administration in Spain have confirmed that rescue workers and military units are on their way to the island. The military in Spain has deployed several rescue workers along with sniffer dogs. Three helicopters and a Hercules military transport plane have also been sent from the mainland Spanish city of Valencia.
Rescue workers are also trying to rehabilitate those who have been affected by the heavy downpour. The eastern and norther part of the island are still at high risk. In Manacor, a town located 10 miles from Sant Llorenç, several homeless people have sought shelter in a sports center.
A local weather agency has issued red alert in the area. Schools will remain closed on Wednesday.
Eye witnesses describe Spain flash flood as “biblical”
Several eye witnesses took to social media to share their experience of the flood. Many of them described the scene as “biblical” when the river burst in the east of Majorca island. Many people also shared footage of the water dragging people and vehicles along the streets. Several cars were also reported to have been dragged into the sea in Colònia de Sant Pere, in Artà on the north east of the island.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez also expressed condolence via Twitter: “My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all those affected by these tragic floods.”
The Spanish parliament held a minute’s silence to mourn the loss of the five victims.