At least five people have died in flash floods on the island of Mallorca, Spain, local government officials said today.
Some areas of Mallorca (also known as Majorca and part of the Balearic Islands group) saw more than 230 mm of rain fall on Tuesday 09 October. The government of the Balearic Islands confirmed earlier today that 5 people have died in flooding. Rescuers are searching for several people believed to be missing.
The worst affected areas are around the town of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar. Flooding has cut road access to and from the town. Other affected areas include S’Illot, Artà, Son Servera, Colònia de Sant Pere, Felanitx and Alcúdia.
Classes have been suspended in Artà, Sant Llorenç des Cardassar and Son Servera. The local government said that at least 7 roads in eastern parts of the island are closed due to flooding. Around 200 people have evacuated their homes and are staying in temporary accommodation, including a local sports centre.
Other areas of southern Spain also saw heavy rainfall yesterday, including parts of Barcelona, where public transport was badly affected, and some tourist areas along the Costa del Sol.
Rainfall and Warnings
According to Spain’s Meteorological Agency (AEMET) 232.8 mm of rain fell in 24 hours on 09 October in Colònia de Sant Pere. Artà recorded 157.4 mm and Son Servera 97.2 mm. Meanwhile in the west of the island, Llucmajor recorded a mere 25.2 mm.
AEMET have issued orange level (3rd highest risk of 4) warnings for heavy rain for the Balearic Islands of Ibiza and Formentera, as well as areas of the mainland including Málaga in Andalucía, and Barcelona and Girona in Catalonia.
Yellow level rainfall warnings remain for Mallorca, as well as the neighbouring island of Menorca and Tarragona in Catalonia.
#InundacionsIB3 Així està la carretera d'Artà a la Colònia de Sant Pere ara mateix. L'aigua l'ha xapada per la meitat i ha obert un forat de 20 metres. En total, hi ha 13 trams de carreteres tallats per inundacions https://t.co/1fJyNvCwqb pic.twitter.com/wlLAXPF8Wi
— IB3 Notícies (@IB3noticies) October 10, 2018
— TOTBALEARS.COM (@TBalears) October 9, 2018
Los principales datos de precipitación en #Mallorca, del martes 9 de octubre, en l/m2, todavía provisionales, son:
Colònia de Sant Pere 232,8
Son Servera 89,4
Sa Pobla 34,6
Manacor 22,8https://t.co/D2o9e6X8tl pic.twitter.com/bAty1JLex2
— AEMET_Baleares (@AEMET_Baleares) October 9, 2018
ATENCIÓN :Mucha precaución nos informan que el torrente de San Llorens #Mallorca se a desbordado mucha precaución @112IllesBalears @ibanat_IB @BombersdeMca @emergencies_ib @MallorcaPCivil @AEMET_Baleares pic.twitter.com/YbK2HmVYIG
— Incendios f.Baleares (@iffbaleares) October 9, 2018
— Diario de Mallorca (@diariomallorca) October 9, 2018
— El Español (@elespanolcom) October 9, 2018
Mi más sentido pésame y ánimo para #SantLlorenç, #Mallorca. Una descomunal tormenta que ha dejado hasta 5 fallecidos y personas desaparecidas. Las imágenes y los vídeos dan pánico. pic.twitter.com/CccOT3RUik
— Ð a n i ⛈️ (@elpuertometeo) October 10, 2018