10 Oct, 2018 @ 10:11
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Five dead – including British tourists – and dozens still missing in Mallorca’s biggest flood in decades

Many roads are still closed on the east coast

AT least five people including two British tourists have been killed in the storm that flooded all corners of Mallorca.

The east coast of the island was hit the hardest, with cars being washed out to sea in the villages of Sant Llorenç and s’Illot.

Rain began to fall around 4pm, and by 6pm 175 litres per square metre was registered.  The Sant Llorenç torrent burst open and suddenly flooded the streets around this time.

By the end of the night the rain had risen to 220 litres per square metre, almost a record across Spain.

The Spanish Army has joined hundreds of firefighters and police officers who worked through the night to attempt to locate some of the dozens still missing.

Before midnight Sant Llorenç and surrounding villages had lost power, many were left without working phones.

Many people were said to be trapped on their rooftops or in trees to escape the rising water.

Many residents in Artá and Manacor were unable to get home because the damage to the roads was too severe.

Countless cars have been destroyed or washed away in the floods

The first death occurred when an elderly man was in his own basement in Sant Llorenç when a sudden gush of water flooded the room and he drowned.

Two bodies of two British tourist were found after their taxi was suddenly hit by the rushing waters – the taxi driver is still missing. The UK Foreign Office is “urgently seeking updates” from Spanish authorities after reports of the holidaymakers death came in.

Many roads are still closed as officials asses the damages, especially in the Manacor area and the East coast.

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