Flash Flood Kills at Least Nine on Spanish Majorca Island

Flash Flood Kills at Least Nine on Spanish Majorca Island

Agency News

Madrid, Oct 11: At least nine people were killed and several others missing as a result of floods and torrential rains on the Spanish island of Majorca.

Torrents of brown water swept cars along narrow streets in the eastern town of Sant Llorenc. Rivers burst their banks, and swamped homes forcing some people to take shelter in a sports centre in the nearby town of Manacor, authorities said on Wednesday.

A wave of muddy water engulfed the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, in the east of the island, after heavy rain caused a river to burst its banks, Qatar News Agency reported

Spain's regional government said that some 400 emergency workers were searching for the missing and helping those affected.

The Spanish military is deploying more than 100 emergency workers along with sniffer dogs to help rescue efforts.

At least six more people were known to be missing, a spokesman for the Spanish government said.

Vehicles were swept away as water gushed through narrow streets.

The neighbouring islands of Ibiza and Formentera have been put under alert as heavy rainstorms move towards them. (UNI)