Death toll in Majorca floods rises to 12: Police

Flash floods in Majorca Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Madrid, Spain Oct 11, 2018, 06.40 PM (IST)

The death toll in Spain's Majorca floods rose to 12 on Thursday after authorities retrieved bodies of more people.

A spokesman for the Guardia Civil police said the bodies were found near Arta, one of the affected towns. Emergency services tweeted they were discovered "close to the area where the car of the missing German couple had been found".

Majorca was hit by a severe flood on Tuesday when torrents of brown water swept cars along narrow streets in the eastern town of Sant Llorenc. Rivers burst their banks, and swamped homes - forcing some people to take shelter in a sports centre in the nearby town of Manacor.

Residents swept water and mud out of houses as the floods subsided on Wednesday, leaving roadsides strewn with wrecked vehicles and beaches covered in debris.

The regional government called an emergency meeting while the authorities said 630 rescue workers and military units had been sent to the area to help.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez who visited the rescue coordination centre spoke to emergency workers and offered condolences for the victims. 

"The most important thing right now is to find the missing people and respond to the concerns of their families and to everyone who lives near the affected areas," he told reporters. "We will be there to support them at this difficult time."

(With inputs from agencies)

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Majorca was hit by a severe flood on Tuesday when torrents of brown water swept cars along narrow streets in the eastern town of Sant Llorenc. Rivers burst their banks, and swamped homes - forcing some people to take shelter in a sports centre in the nearby town of Manacor.