A family cleans their home in the village of Sant Llorenc des Cardasar, in Mallorca island, eastern Spain, Oct. 10, 2018.EPA-EFE/Maria Traspaderne
Sant Llorenç des Cardassar (Spain), Oct 11 (efe-epa).- Rescue teams continued their search Thursday for a five-year-old boy and two German nationals who went missing after torrential rain sparked deadly flash flooding in the east of the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, local emergency services said.
At least 10 people, comprising six men and four women, including a British couple and a Dutch woman, are known to have died in the major flooding that engulfed streets in hillside towns such as Sant Llorenç des Cardassar in Mallorca’s Llevant Peninsula.
“The emergency forces continue searching for the missing boy after the flood,” the Balearic Islands emergency services said.
The response team added that a male victim of the flood, who was thought to be a foreigner, was yet to be formally identified.
The missing five-year-old boy was traveling in his family car with his mother and eight-year-old sister when it was swept up by rising floodwater.
The mother was able to save her daughter but lost her own life trying to save her son, according to several witnesses in Sant Llorenç, one of the worst-hit areas.
More than 200 people were evacuated from their homes and two were hospitalized as a result of the inundation, which resulted when 232 liters (61 gallons) of water per square meter fell in the space of just two hours late into Tuesday night.
Overflowing rivers spewed their contents down the hillside and fast-running, muddy water filled with debris rushed through streets and picked up cars and people.
Mallorca is one of Spain’s tourist destinations.
The Llevant Peninsula, the region affected by the torrential rain, has several rivers running down from hilly terrain toward the island’s eastern Mediterranean coast.