At least 4 dead, 21 injured in restaurant collapse

At least 4 dead, 21 injured in restaurant collapse
At least 4 dead, 21 injured in restaurant collapse

LThe tragedy occurred around 8:30 p.m. Four people died and around twenty others injured Thursday in the collapse of a restaurant located on the very tourist island of Mallorca in the Spanish archipelago of the Balearic Islands, said the relief.

“There are four dead and 21 injured to varying degrees,” a spokeswoman for the archipelago’s emergency services told AFP. Some of the injured are in serious condition and people of “several nationalities” are among the victims, she said, without being able to give more details.

The tragedy occurred in the tourist area of ​​Playa de Palma when “the roof of a two-story building” housing a restaurant, the Medusa Beach Club, collapsed, explained the spokesperson for the emergency services. This area is located south of Palma de Mallorca, the island’s capital.

Reasons for the incident unknown

Many firefighters were deployed on the scene while ambulances transported the injured to the hospital, an AFP photographer noted on site. The emergency services “continue to work on site” to check if any victims are not still trapped under the rubble, they said in a message published on the social network first aiders to work.

READ ALSO In Catalonia, the end of the Puigdemont saga?The reasons for the collapse of this restaurant, located on Cartago Street in Playa de Palma, are currently unknown, but according to witnesses cited by local media, the roof collapsed on part of the first floor.

This area was very busy at the end of the day when the tourist season is already in full swing in the Balearic Islands, an archipelago also including the islands of Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera.

Condolences from the Prime Minister

In a message on X, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said he was “closely following the consequences of the terrible collapse on Palma beach”. The socialist leader also “presented his condolences to the families of the deceased” and offered “all the necessary means and personnel” from the central State to help the regional authorities in the management of this accident.

The Balearic Islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea and known for their crystal clear waters and beaches, are the second most touristy region in Spain after Catalonia. In 2023, they welcomed more than 14 million tourists, according to official figures.

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