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Four killed by the overflow of torrents in Mallorca

Written by on October 10, 2018

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Article Written & Published By: El Pais
Translated from Spanish to English

Four killed by the overflow of torrents in Mallorca

Three of the deceased were in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, the town most affected by heavy rains. 80 troops and seven vehicles from the Military Emergency Unit join rescue tasks on Wednesday

At least four people have died tonight in Mallorca after a strong spout of water that has caused torrents to overflow.

The most affected town, Sant Lorenç des Cardassar, in the east of the island and about 60 kilometers from Palma, has been flooded. There have been significant material damage and dozens of vehicles have been dragged .

Some island media speak of dozens of missing persons, although this data has not been confirmed by the Emergency Service 112.

Video Courtesy of Mallorca Cala Millor

One of the victims is a person of advanced age and reduced mobility who has been located when he had already died by members of the Civil Guard in the basement of his home on Ordinas street in Sant Lorenç des Cardassar , according to sources from the Consellería. of Finance and Public Administrations.

Another woman has been found dead in her home in this same town.

The emergency service 112 has also reported to the early hours of the morning of a third deceased without specifying the circumstances or the place of death, while the other two would have died also in the municipality of Sant Llorenç, the main focus of the catastrophe .

The heavy rains, with rainfall of up to 220 liters per square meter, with increasingly intense rains after 7:00 pm, caused torrents to overflow and the closure of several roads in the area.

The overflow of this stream has meant that the neighbors have been cut off and that the traffic is impossible tonight for cars and pedestrians due to the flood that has been recorded.

All emergency services available, Civil Guard, firefighters, local police and Civil Protection personnel, work since last night in the area affected by the overflows trying to help trapped people and locate the missing.

Around a hundred people spend the night in the sports center of Manacor, enabled next to other public spaces to welcome those who can not reach their homes or have had to abandon them because of floods or damage suffered by heavy rainfall.

Councilor Catalina Cladera explained that the Balearic Executive has asked for help from the Military Emergency Unit (UME).

The Ministry of Defense has confirmed this morning that has mobilized 80 troops and seven vehicles of the UME that will move from Valencia to Mallorca during the morning of this Wednesday to deal with the crisis.

According to the latest information from the Consell de Mallorca, nine roads in the eastern part of the island of Mallorca remain closed due to torrential overflows and floods.

The Emergency Service of 112 has asked all residents of Sant Llorenç to stay in their homes and not to use the car, except in case of emergency. In addition, he recalled that no student go to class in the schools of the municipalities of Sant Llorenç, Colònia de Sant Pere, Artà and Son Servera.

The Emergency Service of the Balearic Government has decreed the Gravity Index 2 on the island of Mallorca and recommends “a lot of caution”.

For 8.30 am on Wednesday, a meeting of the advisory group of the regional flood plan, Inumbal, has been convened at the headquarters of 112 in Palma to coordinate the work that is being carried out in the Levante region.

The meeting will be attended by the president of the Balearic Govern, Francina Armengol, who reported on Twitter that she is in contact with the vice president of the Government, Carmen Calvo, and other members of the central executive.

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