By Humphrey Carter

PALMA
OVER 100 people evacuated from their flooded homes near Son Llatzer Hospital on the outskirts of Palma on Tuesday, were still waiting for the all clear to return home yesterday as the emergency services and the military began trying to restore the island to normal after it was swamped by the heaviest rains for thirty years.

At least the clear skies made the emergency work slightly easier but all those involved face a major task in drying Majorca out over the coming days as thousands of home owners set about assessing the damage and filling in their insurance claim forms.

The pay out is expected to run into millions of euros.
The two Chinook helicopters of members of the Spanish Army's Emergency Response Unit which landed on Tuesday evening were deployed to the area of Andratx. Fire fighters, 70 members of IBANAT Park Wardens Department and the Civil Protection, with support from the Guardia Civil, Local Police forces and the general public, tackled disaster zones across the island, in particular El Molinar, Puigpunyent, Establiments, Sa Pobla, Muro and the Sierra Tramuntana mountains where a number of roads remained closed because of either flooding, fallen trees or landslides. The SEIB Balearic Emergency Service reported yesterday morning at 9am that since the torrential rains started to lash the island on Monday, it had responded to 4'403 incidents, 328 of which were classified as serious.

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