UK couple among 10 killed in flash floods in Spanish island

In one of the worst floods to hit Spain in 25 years, at least 10 people, including a British couple, died in the holiday island of Mallorca after a river burst its banks following torrential rain on Tuesday night.

Rescuers were still searching for the couple’s four-year-old son missing after the taxi they were travelling in was swept away at Sant Llorenc, 60 kilometres from Mallorca’s capital Palma.

The mother, who has not yet been identified, managed to save her seven-year-old daughter before being swept to her death. Her body was found inside the flooded car on Wednesday in S’Illot outside Sant Llorenc.

A former mayor of the Mallorcan town Artá was among the victims. The body of Rafael Gili, 71, was discovered in his flooded home early on Wednesday.

Three deaths occurred in S’Illot, one in Artà and four in Sant, emergency services said.

As Sant Llorenc received copious rains, the Ses Planes brook burst its banks. Cars were swept away and home flooded forcing residents to run to balconies and rooftops.  Several people were stranded on the road, above (Photo credit: Pic: Twitter/@guardiacivil). The high winds knocked down trees and power lines leaving several areas without electricity.

Around 400 emergency service workers, civil guards, firemen and local police are engaged in rescue efforts. Some 80 military officers and seven emergency military vehicles joined them early on Wednesday.

The meteorological office has warned of more rains and storms in the coming hours.

Some 11 roads on the island were closed due to flooding. Emergency services have advised residents of Sant Llorenc to remain at home.

Motorists have been urged to avoid the Llevant area on the east of the island.

Schools remain closed in Sant Llorenc, la Colònia de Sant Pere, Artà and Son Servera.

The provincial government has declared a three-day mourning.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said his government stands with the families and friends of victims and all those affected by the floods. He was set to visit the flood-hit areas on Wednesday.