Flash flood kills at least five in Spain's Mallorca island

Agencies | Published: October 10, 2018 14:05:38 | Updated: October 12, 2018 15:33:08

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At least five people have died and several are missing in flash flooding on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

A huge wave of muddy water engulfed the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, in the east of the island, after a river burst its banks following heavy rain, according to a BBC report Wednesday.

Cars were washed away and several people are believed to be missing, local media report.

The Spanish military is deploying more than a hundred emergency workers with sniffer dogs.

Three helicopters and a military Hercules plane are also being sent from the mainland Spanish city of Valencia.

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

As per a Reuters report, Sanchez was planning to travel to the area later on Wednesday.

Lawmakers held a minute's silence before the weekly prime minister's question time on Wednesday morning.

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