The Balearic Islands Tourism Board says the flash floods that led to the deaths of ten people – including two British tourists – were an “isolated incident” and the first of their kind in 80 years.

Floods hit the area of Sant Llorenc in northern Mallorca on Tuesday morning. Local authorities, including 630 emergency services personnel, are working to help those affected.

Jaume Alzamora, director of the Balearic Islands Tourism Board, said Majorca’s main tourist destinations remain open for business.

“On behalf of the Balearic Islands government, we are deeply saddened to confirm that the flooding incident that occurred on October 9, 2018 has resulted in ten deaths including two British tourists,” Alzamora said.

“We would like to clarify that the floods were an isolated incident and the first of their kind to happen in the Balearic Islands in 80 years. The floods were contained to the small area of Sant Llorenc in the north east of the island and have not affected Majorca’s main tourist destinations with hotels, restaurants, as well as other tourist infrastructure remaining open and fully functional.

“The tourist board is working in solidarity with the local Majorcan community to rapidly clean up and repair the affected area. We would like to reassure visitors that the rest of the island is unaffected and we ask that British holidaymakers and the travel industry support us with continuing their holidays as planned.

“With year-round warm weather and an extensive tourism offering, autumn is a fantastic time to visit Mallorca and so we encourage you not to cancel your holidays and to come and discover all the island has to offer. You will be warmly welcomed.”