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Swansea Couple Caught up in Majorca Storms

Scenes of devastation in Sa Coma, Majorca

At least five dead after night of flooding on holiday island

Spanish police say two British people have died following flooding on Majorca.

They got into difficulty last night while in a taxi in the town of Sant Llorenc.

They are among at least five who are thought to have died after heavy rain struck the Spanish island. 

At least 12 others are missing. 

Swansea couple Margaret and Alan Tasker, from Morriston, are on holiday in Sa Coma on the holiday island.

They described scenes of devastation in the area after a night of heavy storms. They also took photos of damage caused by the flooding.

 

 

Margaret said: "We've walked just five minutes from our hotel and the scenes are unbelievable.

"There are cars and bins overturned and areas flooded.

"The river has washed away barriers from the roads and the seafront is full of debris.

"We're lucky that WiFi has come back to our hotel, but we're still having to walk up flights of stairs because the lift is out of action after the storm."

Local officials have held an emergency meeting to coordinate their response, with 100 rescue workers and 80 soldiers sent to the area.

According to the Majorca Daily Bulletin, people were rescued from roofs and trees after the flooding began on Tuesday evening.

Spanish weather forecasters said 20cm (8in) of rain fell in four hours.

Cars were washed away and homes inundated with more than a metre of water.

Electricity outages hampered rescue efforts owing to a lack of lighting, while phone connections were also cut.

The Foreign Office said in a statement: "We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them."

Sant Llorenc, on the east coast of Majorca, has become known as the location for reality TV show Love Island.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez posted on Twitter on Wednesday: "My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all those affected by these tragic floods."

The Spanish police force also tweeted a message of condolence for those who died, as well as encouragement to those responding to the disaster.

Heavy rain has also brought flooding to other parts of Spain, including Barcelona and the Costa del Sol.

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