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Devastating Majorca floods see cops forced to rescue 60 people including tourists from cars and roofs of buildings

Many became trapped in cars while others were left stranded on rooftops as the ferocious storm barrelled in.

Six people were evacuated from the Pollensa region in a Civil Guard helicopter after a river burst its banks.

Police published video footage of officers helping them to safety after the chopper landed on waste ground away from the danger area.

A spokesman for a local emergency services coordination centre said: “The Civil Guard have assisted some 60 people this morning in the area of Pollensa and sa Pobla.

“Some 75 officers have been involved and 100 incidents have been recorded in Majorca so far today because of the rain, 27 in Pollensa, 13 in Alcudia and nine in sa Pobla.

“The majority of calls we’ve received have been because of floods in basements and flooding on the roads.”

Local reports said many of the tourists assisted had been taken to a local council building in Pollensa.

The deluge came less than a fortnight after hurricane Leslie lashed the continent, killing at least 13 people.

It also coincided with the start of half-term school holidays in the UK.

Majorca and the neighbouring island of Ibiza had been placed on orange alert ahead of the new rain, which led to the town of Pollensa in northern Majorca being cut off for several hours this morning due to  road closures caused by flooding.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Heavy rain also affected other resorts such as the Costa Blanca, although the provinces of Castellon and Valencia further north were worse hit.

Tourists on the Costa del Sol, affected by torrential rain on Thursday morning, were warned to expect more downpours tomorrow.

Police in Coin near the Costa del Sol are still searching for 73-year-old Brit Roger Hanks, who's not been seen since last Tuesday  – just before heavy rain forced the evacuation of residents living by a river.

His two dogs have been taken in by a friend, but a search for Roger involving police, locals and Civil Protection workers has so far failed to find any trace of him.

Acquaintances and other expats – used to seeing him on his bicycle with his pets – have appealed for information on social media.

His home was washed away by last week’s floods.

Weather forecasters say the situation will improve across Spain from Sunday.


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