Majorca floods – Family of Brit OAP couple killed when taxi was swept away in floods describe heartache

The taxi carrying 77-year-old Antony Green and his wife Delia, 75, was swept away by the sudden flooding tearing through residential areas.

Now their family have paid tribute to the "loving, kind and caring" couple, who were travelling out to Majorca for a two week holiday.

In a statement their children said: "We are deeply shocked by the sudden passing of our parents Delia and Tony Green in the tragic events in Majorca.

"They were at their happiest when they were with their family and friends.

“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."


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The couple – who recently celebrated 55 years of marriage – are among the 12 known victims of Tuesday night's "biblical" flash floods that wreaked havoc across the island's eastern towns.

Their bodies were recovered in the resort of S’illot in the early hours of yesterday after police found their upturned cab.

A few hours later the body of their driver, named as Juan Grande Sillero, was recovered nearby.

Antony and Delia, who retired to Scotland from Greater Manchester, are understood to have been travelling to their hotel in the east coast fishing town of Cala Bona after landing at Palma Airport for a holiday.

Neighbour Emilio Dicerbo, 84, today told The Sun Online: "I was absolutely shattered when I heard the news. I was just talking to him before he left.

"It was a shock and a shame. I will miss him terribly. It was a tragedy. They lived here for more than 10 years. Delia wasn't in the best of health and didn't get out much.

"They were excited about the holiday and were popping in to visit their son on their way down. They were a lovely couple. Tony would tend to his garden and everyday he would walk to the papershop."







Mum Joana Lliteras Planas is also believed to have been killed rescuing her eight-year-old daughter from the floods which ravaged the holiday island on Tuesday night.

The heroic mother was driving with her daughter and five-year-old son when their car was hit with an "avalanche of water", Diario de Mallorca reported.

She managed to push the girl out of the car but the boy is understood to have been inside when it was pulled away by the water. Her body was reportedly discovered in the car and her son is still missing.

Police said late last night the young child was the only person thought to be missing but this morning they confirmed they were searching for two adult Germans whose car had been found empty.

It has been speculated these could be the 11th and 12th victims, whose bodies were found this afternoon.

A rescue coordination spokesman said three of the bodies had been recovered in Sant Llorenc, two in Area, three in S’illot and one in Son Carrio.





Also among those killed was a nine-year-old boy, whose body was found yesterday near a flooded waterway.

Authorities previously said they feared the number of dead could reach 14.

A Civil Guard spokesman said: "The focus is now on finding those missing. River beds and the area around the coast is being searched.

"There are a lot of cars in the river beds and a lot of wreckage so it’s not an easy job."


Majorcan-born tennis star Rafa Nadal yesterday took part in the clean-up after the disaster, which left parts of Majorca looking like a war zone with upturned cars piled on top of each other and uprooted trees.

He donned wellington boots and a tracksuit to work alongside other volunteers yesterday in removing floodwater in the worst-affected parts of Sant Llorenc.

He also opened up the doors of his nearby sports centre and academy to temporarily house some of the people whose homes were damaged in the floods.

The 11-times French Open winner tweeted afterwards: "Today is a sad day in Majorca. Our most sincere condolences to those that have died in the floods."




The apocalyptic storms struck by surprise on Tuesday night, sweeping vehicles out to sea and down city streets.

Rescue personnel used helicopters to assess the scale of damage, while residents were evacuated from rooftops and balconies.

News of the deaths comes amid terrifying accounts of the flooding in which people were swept away while still inside their cars.

Kerry Kirkman from Nottingham, was staying at the Playa Moreia in S'illot, in the island's east and the location of the sixth confirmed death, when the flooding struck.

THE FLOOD VICTIMS

Antony and Delia Green: The Brit OAPs were found dead in a taxi they had hired near s'Ilmot
Juan Grande Sillero: The taxi driver transporting the Brits, found nearby
Bernat Estelrich Santandreu: The 81-year-old was found dead in the basement of his home
Joana Ballesteros Femenías: The local pensioner, 83, was found on the ground floor of where she lived in Son Servera
Rafel Gili Sastre: The former mayor of Arta, 71, was found dead at his home
Joana Lliteras Planas: Aged in her 40s, the mum worked for a pharmaceutical company and was found dead in her car
Biel Mesquida Salas: Died trying to escape his house near Sant Llorenc

Unnamed: The tenth known victim was a Dutch woman, 80, whose body was found found in Son Carrio

Unnamed: A nine-year-old boy was reported to be the youngest confirmed victim of the floods

Unnamed: Additional body found this afternoon. Yet to be identified

Unnamed: Additional body found this afternoon. Yet to be identified






She told The Sun Online: "We were in the restaurant at the hotel last night (Tuesday) which is on the ground floor when suddenly water started seeping in through the doors.

"We left our food and went through to the bar where we could see the water on the river was really high and there were trees floating down it.

"The staff told us to get out as the water was about to start coming in. So we went up to the reception on the first floor to watch, and suddenly fridges and washing machines started going down the river into the sea.

"Then we saw a car go down that looked like someone was in it and my husband thought he saw a person in the water with their hands up in the air. Everyone was panicking."



She continued: "People were collecting their suitcases and getting away. We were told to go up the hotel to the higher levels."

Spanish weather forecasters said 8inches of rain fell in four hours, while electricity outages restricted rescue efforts.

Adam Williams, from North Wales, told The Sun Online he was staying in Cala Dor, about an hour away from the worst of the flooding in Sant Llorenc, with his wife and two kids when the storms hit.



The 31-year-old said they were driving home from dinner on Tuesday night when they witnessed cars stuck on the roads amid a torrent of water.

He said: "The roads couldn't keep up. The water was literally just flooding down. It was like someone had taken a plug out of a bath.

"As we were driving back the manholes had popped off because of the pressure of the water. You could smell the sewage.

"It was crazy, absolutely crazy. Probably the worst I've ever seen. My little girl, she is just six years old, so she was quite worried about what was going on, would we get stuck, etc."



The Government of the Balearic Islands also asked the Emergency Military Unit to provide additional help – 90 soldiers and 100 rescue workers were dispatched to assist.

One survivor said: "We were at home when the river burst its banks and began to take the cars away. The water was coming through the windows and the doors."

Another said: "The water reached about 13 foot 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."

Local sports centres and hotels have offered to provide emergency shelter for those affected.




And British Airways' parent company IAG warned holidaymakers of flight delays.

A spokesperson said: "As further heavy rains are expected over the next 24 hours, travellers are advised to anticipate continued disruptions."

Rosario Sanchez Grau, central government representative for the Balearic Islands, said: "These are difficult moments. My condolences and solidarity for all those affected, especially the families and friends of those who have died."



Catalina Cladera, in charge of public administration for the regional government, described the situation as "dantesque" and added: "We weren’t expecting it. The alert went from yellow to orange in a very short space of time.

Heavy rain also brought chaos to other parts of Spain including Barcelona, where parts of the tube service were temporarily suspended.

The Costa del Sol remained on red alert yesterday following overnight storms and torrential rain overnight in resorts like Marbella.



 

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