Death toll in Spanish island flooding hits 12
Madrid : Emergency services working in the aftermath of severe flash-flooding that struck the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca on Thursday confirmed they had found two more bodies, bringing the death toll to 12, while the search for a missing five-year-old boy was ongoing.
Response teams on the island said the two bodies were discovered near the town of Arta, not far from a car washed away by the deluge that was thought to be belonging to a German couple, who have been missing since the fierce rainstorm on Tuesday night, Efe news reported.
The search for a missing five-year-old boy whose family car was swept up by a flash flood in the Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, one of the worst-hit zones, was ongoing.
The child's mother saved his eight-year-old sister during the ordeal but lost her own life in the process, witnesses said.
Heavy rain dumped on the island's eastern Llevant Peninsula on Tuesday and storms raged through the night, filling the streets of towns and villages perched on the hillside in the region with fast-flowing floods crammed with debris.
Among the 12 dead were six Spaniards, two Brits and a Dutch woman, officials said.