British pair among five dead in Majorca flash floods
Oct 11 2018
At least ten people have died and it's thought that one child is still missing following a series of devastating floods which swept across the holiday island of Mallorca, in Spain's Balearic Islands.
He wrote on Instagram: "Our most honest condolences to the loved ones of the victims of the serious floods in Sant Llorenc".
Torrents of brown water swept cars along narrow streets in the eastern town of Sant Llorenc late on Tuesday.
The British Foreign Office says it's investigating reports that a British couple are among those people who've been killed.
At least another six people were still missing, El Pais newspaper and other media reported, though emergency services on the island - which is popular with foreign tourists - could not confirm that figure.
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.
People walk along the damaged waterfront after a storm on the island of Mallorca, Spain, on October 10, 2018.
Video footage showed cars turned upside down, damaged houses and trees in the road.
Some parts of the island received up to 23 centimeters (nine inches) of rainfall in around four hours on Tuesday evening, national weather authorities reported.
The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez tweeted: "My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all those affected by these tragic floods".
Officials have said more than 600 rescuers and medical staff were at work and that emergency relief centres had been set up in sports halls.