Two British nationals have died following a devastating flood that hit the popular tourist island of Mallorca overnight.
At least five people are believed to have died when torrential rainstorms deluged the town of Sant Llorenc, about 40 miles east of the capital Palma, on Tuesday evening.
The two British victims, believed to be a couple, were reportedly in a taxi when they were caught in a flash flood caused by a “biblical storm”.
Can I travel to Mallorca?
Following the incident Palma de Mallorca Airport remains open.
Some of the island’s main roads, however have been shut, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
INTENSE, damaging flash floods reported in Sant Llorenç, Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain) tonight, Oct 9! Report: Miguel Puigros Baldowski pic.twitter.com/VNHMKkkCp0
— severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) October 10, 2018
The government body issued the following advice to British citizens travelling to the area:
“There have been flash floods in the island of Mallorca overnight on 9 to 10 October causing significant disruption and some road closures. Please follow the advice of local authorities. The emergency services number is 112.
“If you’re in Mallorca and need urgent help you can get in touch with the consulate by calling +34 933 666 200. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Spain, call 020 7008 1500.”
Has the weather improved?
The island is still experience thundery showers, according to BBC Weather.
The island’s biggest town Palma will continue to experience the adverse weather conditions throughout the day, but these should dissipate by tomorrow morning.
Further thundery showers are expected to return on Sunday with light rain forecast for the remainder of the week.
A yellow warning fro rain and storms remains in place for the Mallorca and its Baleariac neighbouts untill 6pm CEST.
What should I do in the event of a flood?
In the event of a flood, the UK Met Office recommends taking the following steps
- Avoid walking or driving through flood water.
- Stay safe and listen to the advice of the emergency services and evacuate if told to do so.
- Gather essential items together either upstairs or in a high place.
- Fill jugs and saucepans with clean water.
- Turn off gas, electricity and water supplies when flood water is about to enter your home and if safe to do so. DO NOT touch sources of electricity when standing in flood water.
- Keep listening to local television and radio for updates