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Is it safe to travel to Majorca after the floods? Travel advice for Brits including whether you can cancel holidays

Mirror logo Mirror 10/10/2018 Julie Delahaye
a group of people walking down a street: Flash flooding has wreaked havoc in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar © ATIENZA/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Flash flooding has wreaked havoc in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar

Flash flooding in Majorca has caused devastation on the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, wreaking havoc in the streets and leaving at least nine people dead.

The floods came as seven inches of rain fell in a two-hour spell overnight in the area which is right by where Love Island is filmed.

In the coastal town of S'Illot, tourists watched on in horror as cars were swept away by a river.

But what if you've got a holiday planned to Majorca in the coming weeks?

Here's everything you need to know including the latest FCO travel advice, which areas were affected, and what to do if you've got a holiday booked.

Latest FCO travel advice for Majorca

At the time of writing the FCO travel advice reads: "There have been flash floods in the island of Mallorca overnight on 9 to 10 October causing significant disruption and some road closures. You should follow the advice of local authorities. The emergency services number is 112.

"If you’re in Mallorca and need urgent help you can get in touch with the consulate by calling +34 933 666 200. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Spain, call 020 7008 1500."

a car parked on the side of a building © Credits: ARGENTINA SANCHEZ/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock

Which areas of Majorca are flooded?

The flash floods took place in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, on the eastern side of Majorca. It's completely the opposite side of the island to holiday hotspot Palma de Mallorca.

The coastal town of S'Illot was also affected by the flash flooding.

Watch: "Video shows aftermath of devastating flash flooding in Majorca" [Evening Standard]

What if I have a holiday booked to Majorca?

Before you set off you should contact your tour operator and airline (or hotel and airline if you haven't booked a package) to check if your trip is going ahead.

Make sure you check your travel insurance ahead of time to check you are covered in case you do need to come home earlier than planned.

Air travel to Majorca is currently relatively unaffected although flights could face delays as a result of the bad weather.

a house on a dirt road © Credits: AFP/Getty Images

Can I cancel my holiday?

If your tour operator makes significant changes to your package holiday (such as travel dates, accommodation and flights) then you could be entitled to a refund if you choose to cancel.

If the price of your holiday increases after you have booked and you are asked to pay more, you can also cancel your booking and get a full refund.

You can find out more on the Citizens Advice Bureau website.

The FCO currently doesn't advise against travel to Majorca so it's unlikely tour operators will cancel the trip, so if you opt not to go you may face a cancellation fee.

Therefore if you choose to cancel the trip, you may face a cancellation fee. However, it is worth checking your travel insurance to see if you're covered, but as you're choosing not to go, it's unlikely you will get compensation.

Watch: Travel Tips From Flight Attendants Every Passenger Should Know [Buzz60]


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