By Humphrey Carter

AFTER the flooding, came the land slides yesterday.
Majorca and Minorca continued to pay the price for the week of torrential rain and gale force winds with a rock fall closing the Estellencs to Andratx road while Minorcan ports were closed by the gales and heavy seas.

Council of Majorca engineers began clearing an estimated 100 tonnes of rocks and rubble off the road yesterday morning but the stretch of road is not expected to be back open until today.

The 112 emergency centre reported yesterday that, by midday yesterday, it had endured another busy 24 hours. The gale force 6 winds caused more problems in Palma, Puigpunyent, Algaida and Calvia with the emergency services called out to respond to 47 incidents, most of them involving either fallen trees or telegraph poles and streets lights in danger of being torn out of the ground by the fierce winds. However, this weekend is going to be much calmer with no weather alerts in force here in the Balearics. Temperatures are forecast to climb slightly and conditions should remain dry for the most part over the next few days. In areas like Andratx, again the area worst hit by the week of storms, the respite will give the locals a chance to clear up and repair the widespread damage caused to boats and properties.


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