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Britons among 10 dead in Majorca flash floods

AFP  |  Sant Llorenc des Cardassar 

At least 10 people died, including two Britons, and a boy remained missing Wednesday after floods hit the Spanish holiday island of Majorca, tearing through village streets and sweeping away cars.

Muddy waters rushed down roads, houses were flooded and vehicles piled up on top of each other after the island was pounded with rain in just a few hours, video footage showed.

One witness told a he had to swim out of his car through a window to safety.

"I swam 500 metres (1,650 feet) through the torrent until I got to a house," told the Diario de

"I hardly had any clothes on me as they all got caught on a when I was swimming."

Emergency services in the tweeted that the death toll had risen to 10 and a little boy remained missing.

Britain's foreign office said two British nationals had died.

"We are supporting the family of two British people following their deaths in Spain, and will do all we can to assist them at this deeply difficult time," it said in a statement. Emergency services sent out tweets in Spanish, Catalan, English and German in an indication of the prevalence of tourists and foreign residents on the island.

Last year, 13.8 million foreign tourists visited the Balearic Islands, according to official statistics. The biggest numbers came from and Britain. Many more foreigners live in the archipelago.

Spain's meteorological office warned that rainfall and storms were set to get worse in the archipelago "in the coming hours." In Majorca, the worst affected area lay 60 kilometres east of the capital

Sergio Mantas, a local policeman, told the Diario de that the situation in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, one of the worst-hit villages, had been "devastating." "The village was a torrent."

told the daily he had to leave his flooded home.

"I don't have anything with me, just my pyjamas," he was quoted as saying. "My house filled up completely and when it (the level) dropped we left and went through the mud that the flood left." Local television showed footage of beach umbrellas floating in the sea near S'Illot, one of the affected coastal villages.

Around 500 emergency workers were searching for people and helping those affected, the said.

Helicopters and were also sent to the scene, the country's emergency military unit added.

visited the disaster zone and described the situation as "absolutely extraordinary".

He promised financial help for affected zones.

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is from the affected area in Majorca, said on he was offering to open up his sports centre and tennis academy to people made homeless by the floods.

"Our most sincere condolences to the loved ones of the victims of the serious floods in San Llorenc," he wrote.

Many people spent the night in sports centres. Maria Magdalena Ferrer, for the in the affected area, told AFP that people "who were in the hospital yesterday and weren't able to go home" stayed the night.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 22:00 IST