At Least 6 Dead in Torrential Flooding in Spain’s Mallorca Island

Forecasters said around 20cm of rain fell in four hours

The deputy mayor of the town, Antonia Bauza, confirmed to Cadena SER radio that two of the victims were British, while two others killed in the town were locals.

A spokesman for the Spanish central government's office in the Balearic Islands told AFP nine people had died while six others had been formally identified as missing.

In December 2016, southern Spain was hit with severe weather, resulting in widespread flooding and several deaths.

Authorities on the popular tourist island said 10 people, three of them foreigners, died after torrential rain deluged the region around the town of Sant Llorenc, about 40 miles east of the capital, Palma.

Pedro Sanchez, who had been filming a swollen river with his mobile phone, said he escaped through the window of his auto and swam to safety after the waters rose two metres in 30 seconds, engulfing his vehicle.

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is from Mallorca, helped residents clear mud from their houses in Sant Llorenc.

An additional 12 people were still missing following the storm.

Other victims were found in Arta and the coastal village of S'illot, where the creek that overflowed reaches the sea.

"It all happened in less than 10 minutes", an unidentified witness with wet clothes and a blanket over his shoulders told TVE.

Around 80 soldiers and seven vehicles from the military's emergency unit were brought in to join more than 100 rescuers deployed in the area on Wednesday. "We had to swim to try to survive". The flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads.

Some parts of the island received up to 9in (23cm) of rainfall in a matter of hours on Tuesday evening.

Sanchez will be flying to the area later Wednesday, his office said.

Spain's Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has visited the island today and said in a Tweet: " I want to convey our gratitude to the emergency services, who work tirelessly to serve all those affected".

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