British couple Anthony and Delia Green killed in Majorca floods

The family of two British pensioners killed by flash floods in Majorca have spoke of their devastation following the charity.

Anthony and Delia Green, aged 77 and 75, are understood to have been on their way to their hotel in the east coast fishing town of Cala Bona after landing at Palma Airport.

The couple’s taxi was swept away by flash floods while driving through the small village of S’Illot on the island’s east coast on Tuesday evening. 

At least ten people are believed to have died when torrential rainstorms deluged the town of Sant Llorenc, about 40 miles east of Palma, but the search for missing people continues amid fears the death toll could rise to 14.

Hundreds of locals and tourists were left trapped in homes submerged in up to a metre of water, while others clung to their balconies, rooftops, and even trees waiting to be rescued.   

Anthony and Delia Green, who had travelled to Majorca for a holiday and died in flash floods on the Spanish island

Anthony and Delia Green, who had travelled to Majorca for a holiday and died in flash floods on the Spanish island

Anthony and Delia Green, who had travelled to Majorca for a holiday and died in flash floods on the Spanish island

A man cradles a young boy in a flooded area of the island beside cars abandoned by their owners during the chaos

A man cradles a young boy in a flooded area of the island beside cars abandoned by their owners during the chaos

A man cradles a young boy in a flooded area of the island beside cars abandoned by their owners during the chaos

A red fire truck loaded with debris makes its way through Sant Llorenc des Cardassar as the clean-up efforts continue

A red fire truck loaded with debris makes its way through Sant Llorenc des Cardassar as the clean-up efforts continue

A red fire truck loaded with debris makes its way through Sant Llorenc des Cardassar as the clean-up efforts continue

In a statement, the couple’s family said: ‘ We are deeply shocked by the sudden passing of our parents Delia and Tony Green in the tragic events in Majorca. They were travelling out to Majorca for a two week holiday when they were caught up in the flooding.

‘Delia and Tony were a loving, kind and caring couple. They were at their happiest when they were with their family and friends. They recently celebrated 55 years of marriage. Originally from Atherton, Greater Manchester, they retired to Moffat fourteen years ago.

‘Tony, a retired head teacher from Lancashire, worked in Germany and later in Grantham. Delia and Tony got a taste for travel with Cala Bona recently becoming a regular destination. They were looking forward to their latest adventure abroad. The family take some solace from the knowledge that they died together.

‘Our thoughts also go out to their taxi driver and his family who are coming to terms with their loss as well. They will all be missed by everyone who knew them.

‘We would like to thank everyone for the love and support shown to our family as we come to terms with losing our parents. We would very much appreciate privacy at this most difficult of times.’ 

Spanish soldiers use shovels to dig out and remove debris on a mud-covered street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

Spanish soldiers use shovels to dig out and remove debris on a mud-covered street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

Spanish soldiers use shovels to dig out and remove debris on a mud-covered street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

People tackle a street full of furniture and belongings caked in mud in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar during the clean-up operation

People tackle a street full of furniture and belongings caked in mud in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar during the clean-up operation

People tackle a street full of furniture and belongings caked in mud in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar during the clean-up operation

Clean-up teams use brooms to sweep away muddy water in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar where destroyed furniture was piled high in the streets

Clean-up teams use brooms to sweep away muddy water in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar where destroyed furniture was piled high in the streets

Clean-up teams use brooms to sweep away muddy water in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar where destroyed furniture was piled high in the streets

A woman gathers up debris from a waterlogged house in blue plastic bags in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

A woman gathers up debris from a waterlogged house in blue plastic bags in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

A woman gathers up debris from a waterlogged house in blue plastic bags in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

Spanish soldiers and residents survey a huge pile of battered, muddy furniture in Sant Llorenc des CardassarSant Llorenc des Cardassar

Spanish soldiers and residents survey a huge pile of battered, muddy furniture in Sant Llorenc des CardassarSant Llorenc des Cardassar

Spanish soldiers and residents survey a huge pile of battered, muddy furniture in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

A woman cleans her waterlogged house in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar. Debris is scattered around her front door and mud is caked on the walls

A woman cleans her waterlogged house in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar. Debris is scattered around her front door and mud is caked on the walls

A woman cleans her waterlogged house in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar. Debris is scattered around her front door and mud is caked on the walls

Belongings piled inside a house in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar to try to protect them from the mud and water

Belongings piled inside a house in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar to try to protect them from the mud and water

Belongings piled inside a house in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar to try to protect them from the mud and water

A man mops the floor of a building covered in dirty footprints and caked in mud in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

A man mops the floor of a building covered in dirty footprints and caked in mud in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

A man mops the floor of a building covered in dirty footprints and caked in mud in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

A bridge demolished by the flash floods in Arta, Majorca. The tarmac was gutted by the floodwater and just a gaping hole remains

A bridge demolished by the flash floods in Arta, Majorca. The tarmac was gutted by the floodwater and just a gaping hole remains

A bridge demolished by the flash floods in Arta, Majorca. The tarmac was gutted by the floodwater and just a gaping hole remains

Spanish soldiers survey the damage to buildings on a muddy water-covered street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

Spanish soldiers survey the damage to buildings on a muddy water-covered street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

Spanish soldiers survey the damage to buildings on a muddy water-covered street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

A woman takes a rest as she cleans up a house in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, where furniture was piled high outside homes

A woman takes a rest as she cleans up a house in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, where furniture was piled high outside homes

A woman takes a rest as she cleans up a house in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, where furniture was piled high outside homes

Volunteers with shovels walk through Sant Llorenc des Cardassar during the clean-up operation, followed closely by 

Volunteers with shovels walk through Sant Llorenc des Cardassar during the clean-up operation, followed closely by 

Volunteers with shovels walk through Sant Llorenc des Cardassar during the clean-up operation, followed closely by machinery being used to move piles of mud and destroyed belongings

Two men use shovels to remove muddy water and debris from a street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

Two men use shovels to remove muddy water and debris from a street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

Two men use shovels to remove muddy water and debris from a street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

Debris piled high outside homes on a narrow street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, where volunteers are helping with the clean-up operation 

Debris piled high outside homes on a narrow street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, where volunteers are helping with the clean-up operation 

Debris piled high outside homes on a narrow street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, where volunteers are helping with the clean-up operation 

A Spanish soldier uses a shovel to clear a street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar. Belongings, debris and furniture litter the area around him

A Spanish soldier uses a shovel to clear a street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar. Belongings, debris and furniture litter the area around him

A Spanish soldier uses a shovel to clear a street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar. Belongings, debris and furniture litter the area around him

A bulldozer driver works out a plan of action with a man involved in the clean-up effort in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

A bulldozer driver works out a plan of action with a man involved in the clean-up effort in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

A bulldozer driver works out a plan of action with a man involved in the clean-up effort in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

A man carries a shovel along the same street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, which is clogged with mud and floodwater

A man carries a shovel along the same street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, which is clogged with mud and floodwater

A man carries a shovel along the same street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, which is clogged with mud and floodwater

A man uses a wheelbarrow to remove debris on a waterlogged street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

A man uses a wheelbarrow to remove debris on a waterlogged street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

A man uses a wheelbarrow to remove debris on a waterlogged street in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

Efforts: Locals remove debris on a street covered with muddy water in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, on the Spanish Balearic island of Majorca, in the wake of Tuesday's flash floods

Efforts: Locals remove debris on a street covered with muddy water in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, on the Spanish Balearic island of Majorca, in the wake of Tuesday's flash floods

Efforts: Locals remove debris on a street covered with muddy water in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, on the Spanish Balearic island of Majorca, in the wake of Tuesday’s flash floods

At least ten people died in the floods, including British couple  Anthony Green, 77, and wife Delia, 75, who are understood to have been on holiday on Majorca

At least ten people died in the floods, including British couple  Anthony Green, 77, and wife Delia, 75, who are understood to have been on holiday on Majorca

At least ten people died in the floods, including British couple  Anthony Green, 77, and wife Delia, 75, who are understood to have been on holiday on Majorca

The couple's taxi was swept away by flash floods while driving through the small village of S'Illot on the island's east coast on Tuesday evening, as they were heading to their hotel 

The couple's taxi was swept away by flash floods while driving through the small village of S'Illot on the island's east coast on Tuesday evening, as they were heading to their hotel 

The couple’s taxi was swept away by flash floods while driving through the small village of S’Illot on the island’s east coast on Tuesday evening, as they were heading to their hotel 

The UK Foreign Office has said it is supporting the families of the two British victims, adding that it was ‘urgently seeking updates’ as to the fate of any Britons stranded on the island.

Mr and Mrs Green’s names have been revealed as the massive clean-up operation on Majorca continues, with the islands native son Rafael Nadal taking part.

Nadal invited people affected by the severe storms to take shelter at his tennis academy in nearby Manacor and then donned wellington boots to join other volunteers in clearing away mud and water from affected areas.

The website of Spanish newspaper AS posted a video and pictures of the world number one offering assistance on his home island.

‘Sad day in Majorca,’ the 32-year-old Spaniard said on Twitter. ‘My sincere condolences to the relatives of the deceased and injured by the severe floods in San Llorenc.

‘As we did yesterday we offer today the facilities of @rnadalacademy for all those who need accommodation.’  

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal observing a minute of silence today in Manacor to honour the victims of the flash floods

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal observing a minute of silence today in Manacor to honour the victims of the flash floods

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal observing a minute of silence today in Manacor to honour the victims of the flash floods

Rafa Nadal

Rafa Nadal

Rafa Nadal

Rafa Nadal

Nadal stood solemnly among the crowd of people during the minute’s silence today in Manacor

The tennis star greets students of the Rafa Nadal Academy after the minute of silence to pay tribute to the victims of the floods

The tennis star greets students of the Rafa Nadal Academy after the minute of silence to pay tribute to the victims of the floods

The tennis star greets students of the Rafa Nadal Academy after the minute of silence to pay tribute to the victims of the floods

Nadal works with residents to clear the mud from their houses after flooding in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar

Nadal works with residents to clear the mud from their houses after flooding in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar

Nadal works with residents to clear the mud from their houses after flooding in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar

Nadal works with residents to clear the mud from their houses after flooding in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar

Nadal works with residents to clear the mud from their houses after flooding in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

The world number one donned wellington boots to join other volunteers in clearing away mud and water from affected areas

The world number one donned wellington boots to join other volunteers in clearing away mud and water from affected areas

The world number one donned wellington boots to join other volunteers in clearing away mud and water from affected areas

Spanish authorities yesterday updated the official death toll to ten, but they are continuing to search for a five-year-old child – thought to be the brother of a boy who was pulled alive from the wreckage of the family car on Tuesday.

Survivor Manuel Torrescusa told how he had to swim out of his car through a window to safety. 

He said: ‘I swam 500 metres through the torrent until I got to a house.’ He added: ‘I hardly had any clothes on me as they all got caught on a metal fence when I was swimming.

Another survivor said: ‘The water reached about 13ft at one point and was piling cars up on top of each other. I had to swim to survive. I have seen cars go past me with people inside.’

Officials said the victims included a 71-year-old ex-mayor of a Majorca district and an OAP who died after becoming trapped in the basement of his home. Another victim is thought to be a van driver. 

People prepare to spend the night at the Manacor's Miguel Angel Nadal sports centre after they had been evacuated 

People prepare to spend the night at the Manacor's Miguel Angel Nadal sports centre after they had been evacuated 

People prepare to spend the night at the Manacor’s Miguel Angel Nadal sports centre after they had been evacuated 

Nadal invited people affected by the severe storms to take shelter at his tennis academy in nearby Manacor 

Nadal invited people affected by the severe storms to take shelter at his tennis academy in nearby Manacor 

Nadal invited people affected by the severe storms to take shelter at his tennis academy in nearby Manacor 

Residents walk along a muddy street during clean-up efforts after flash floods hit the village of Sant Llorenc des Cardasar

Residents walk along a muddy street during clean-up efforts after flash floods hit the village of Sant Llorenc des Cardasar

Residents walk along a muddy street during clean-up efforts after flash floods hit the village of Sant Llorenc des Cardasar

At least ten people died and a 5-years-old boy is missing due to heavy rains which caused the torrent of Sant Llorenc to overflow

At least ten people died and a 5-years-old boy is missing due to heavy rains which caused the torrent of Sant Llorenc to overflow

At least ten people died and a 5-years-old boy is missing due to heavy rains which caused the torrent of Sant Llorenc to overflow

A video grab shows flash floods affecting the village of Sant Llorenc des Cardasar, in Majorca due to heavy rainfall

A video grab shows flash floods affecting the village of Sant Llorenc des Cardasar, in Majorca due to heavy rainfall

A video grab shows flash floods affecting the village of Sant Llorenc des Cardasar, in Majorca due to heavy rainfall

The British couple died after the taxi they were taking through s'Illot was swept away when a nearby river burst its banks

The British couple died after the taxi they were taking through s'Illot was swept away when a nearby river burst its banks

The British couple died after the taxi they were taking through s’Illot was swept away when a nearby river burst its banks

More than 100 emergency workers with sniffer dogs and 80 soldiers were deployed by the Spanish military to help with the search and rescue efforts.

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez visited the disaster zone yesterday and pledged his support for the victims’ families.

He said: ‘My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all those affected by these tragic floods.’

Power cuts across the area saw schools shut down, while around 100 people were forced to spend the night at a sports centre. The storm is the worst to hit Majorca for nearly three decades.

The Met Office said the Mediterranean was affected by a ‘very strong’ weather system that was drawing in hot, moist air.    

A map showing rainfall on Tuesday at 8pm, when flash floods hit s'Illot, with a heavy band of rain concentrated over the eastern side of Majorca

A map showing rainfall on Tuesday at 8pm, when flash floods hit s'Illot, with a heavy band of rain concentrated over the eastern side of Majorca

A map showing rainfall on Tuesday at 8pm, when flash floods hit s’Illot, with a heavy band of rain concentrated over the eastern side of Majorca

Seven inches of rain fell in a two hour span on Majorca overnight, with the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar at the centre of the storm. The coastal village of S'illot and the northeastern town of Arta were both badly hit by the flooding 

Seven inches of rain fell in a two hour span on Majorca overnight, with the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar at the centre of the storm. The coastal village of S'illot and the northeastern town of Arta were both badly hit by the flooding 

Seven inches of rain fell in a two hour span on Majorca overnight, with the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar at the centre of the storm. The coastal village of S’illot and the northeastern town of Arta were both badly hit by the flooding 

 Dozens of cars were caught up in floods as streets turned to rivers before being dumped in piles when the water subsided

 Dozens of cars were caught up in floods as streets turned to rivers before being dumped in piles when the water subsided

 Dozens of cars were caught up in floods as streets turned to rivers before being dumped in piles when the water subsided

Authorities have warned that the death toll could rise to 14 as they search through vehicles that were swept away during the flooding, with sniffer dogs being brought in

Authorities have warned that the death toll could rise to 14 as they search through vehicles that were swept away during the flooding, with sniffer dogs being brought in

Authorities have warned that the death toll could rise to 14 as they search through vehicles that were swept away during the flooding, with sniffer dogs being brought in

The flood is the worst to hit the island of Majorca since 1990 and the worst to affect Sant Llorenc since 1989

The flood is the worst to hit the island of Majorca since 1990 and the worst to affect Sant Llorenc since 1989

The flood is the worst to hit the island of Majorca since 1990 and the worst to affect Sant Llorenc since 1989

Victims were then found in the town of S'Illot, with at least one discovered in the town of Arta

Victims were then found in the town of S'Illot, with at least one discovered in the town of Arta

Victims were then found in the town of S’Illot, with at least one discovered in the town of Arta

The death of the British couple comes after holidaymakers Kenneth and Mary Hall, 72, and 70, from Bootle, Merseyside, died in October 2011 after being hit by an avalanche of rainwater at a popular street market in Benidorm’s neighbouring town of Finestrat.

Majorca’s extreme autumn weather 

Autumnal weather in Majorca, particularly in October, can be severe, with everything from flash flooding, to extreme hail storms, to tornadoes. 

From September through to December, Majorca is subject to heavy rainfall that can lead to flash flooding. This is at its worst in October, which is the peak thunderstorm month.

Torrential rain over the mountains can result in flash flooding along the coastline three to four hours later.  

Source: Holiday-Weather.com 

Traders had repeatedly complained to the local authorities about the danger of flooding in the market, which was built in a watercourse that had been asphalted over.

Two former Spanish mayors escaped jail last year despite being convicted of manslaughter over the deaths.

State prosecutors were demanding four-year prison sentences for Finestrat’s long-time socialist mayor Jose Miguel Llorca Llinares and his right-wing successor Honorato Algado, as well as a councillor in charge of public safety called Tomas Gaspar Selles Llorca.

But an eleventh-hour plea bargain led to the suspension of their manslaughter trial, which was due to start at a criminal court in Benidorm on September 18 last year and was scheduled to last a week.

All three men had been charged with two crimes of gross negligence manslaughter over the deaths of the British couple as well as other offences relating to injuries suffered by two other victims of the October 21 2011 flash floods.

Dozens of soldiers and more than 100 emergency workers have been sent to Majorca to deal with the aftermath, as sniffer dogs search vehicles for the missing

Dozens of soldiers and more than 100 emergency workers have been sent to Majorca to deal with the aftermath, as sniffer dogs search vehicles for the missing

Dozens of soldiers and more than 100 emergency workers have been sent to Majorca to deal with the aftermath, as sniffer dogs search vehicles for the missing

Debris littered the streets of Sant Llorenc and Arta after the torrential storm, which took place around 7pm Tuesday

Debris littered the streets of Sant Llorenc and Arta after the torrential storm, which took place around 7pm Tuesday

Debris littered the streets of Sant Llorenc and Arta after the torrential storm, which took place around 7pm Tuesday

Tons of mud were swept through the streets during the torrential storm while others described being able to smell raw sewage washed up from the drains

Tons of mud were swept through the streets during the torrential storm while others described being able to smell raw sewage washed up from the drains

Tons of mud were swept through the streets during the torrential storm while others described being able to smell raw sewage washed up from the drains

Residents remove mud from their home in the village of Sant Llorenc after the worst flooding for 29 years hit the town

Residents remove mud from their home in the village of Sant Llorenc after the worst flooding for 29 years hit the town

Residents remove mud from their home in the village of Sant Llorenc after the worst flooding for 29 years hit the town

A flooded area covered by muddy waters is pictured in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar. As of Wednesday the death toll was ten

A flooded area covered by muddy waters is pictured in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar. As of Wednesday the death toll was ten

A flooded area covered by muddy waters is pictured in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar. As of Wednesday the death toll was ten

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (centre) and Balearic regional president Francina Armengol (left) arrive to visit a flooded area in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (centre) and Balearic regional president Francina Armengol (left) arrive to visit a flooded area in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (centre) and Balearic regional president Francina Armengol (left) arrive to visit a flooded area in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (centre) and Balearic regional president Francina Armengo (left) walking on a street covered by muddy water during floods

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (centre) and Balearic regional president Francina Armengo (left) walking on a street covered by muddy water during floods

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (centre) and Balearic regional president Francina Armengo (left) walking on a street covered by muddy water during floods

Francina Armengol, President of the Balearic Islands which includes Majorca, confirmed Wednesday that her government would declare three days of mourning and will be pressing Madrid to declare the affected area as an official disaster zone. 

The storm is the worst to hit Majorca since 1990, and the worst to hit Sant Lllorenc since 1989, according to local station IB3

Grahame Madge, spokesman for the Met Office, said the Mediterranean is being affected by a ‘very strong’ weather system centered over southern France and northern Spain which is drawing in hot, moist air.

‘Those are the two key ingredients for very strong rain storms,’ he told Mail Online. 

‘Heavy rain and thunderstorms will continue to affect the region this week before the system tracks east and into northern Italy by Friday.

‘Some places could see high winds, heavy rain, lightning and hail.’ 

Spain’s meteorological office said the neighbouring islands of Ibiza and Formentera remain on high alert.


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