9 dead in torrential flooding on Spain’s Mallorca island

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MADRID: Torrential rainstorms that caused flash flooding of water and mud on the Spanish island of Mallorca killed at least nine people, authorities said on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman with the regional emergency service said two British nationals and a Dutch woman were among the victims, but she couldn’t confirm whether six more people were still missing at midday as local media reported.

The Britons and two local residents died in the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, the town’s deputy mayor, Antonia Bauza, told Cadena SER radio.

Sant Llorenc, which is about 60 kilometres (40 miles) east of Mallorca’s capital, Palma, is where a dry creek overflowed amid heavy downpours, creating a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore trees along the way, according to witness accounts.

The Balearic Islands’ emergency services spokeswoman, who wasn’t authorized to be named in media reports, told The Associated Press that the body of a Dutch woman was recovered from the garage of a house in Arta, another nearby town.

Other victims were found in Arta and the coastal town of S’illot, where the overflowed creek reaches the sea.

Public broadcaster TVE showed footage of flooded streets and overturned cars along the guardrails of a major road.



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