France – World – Four dead in the collapse of a restaurant in the Balearic Islands

France – World – Four dead in the collapse of a restaurant in the Balearic Islands
France – World – Four dead in the collapse of a restaurant in the Balearic Islands

Firefighters on site after the collapse of a restaurant in Playa de Palma, south of Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Mediterranean island, on May 23, 2024

AFP PHOTO / Jaime REINA

“There are four dead and 21 injured to varying degrees,” a spokeswoman for the archipelago’s emergency services told AFP. People of “several nationalities” were among the victims, she said, without being able to provide further details.

Seven of the injured are in “very serious” condition and nine are in “serious” condition, the emergency services said in a message on X. “They were transferred to different hospitals in Palma”, the capital of island of Majorca, they added.

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.

The archipelago, of which Majorca is the main island, is particularly popular with German and British tourists.

The tragedy occurred at the end of the day in the tourist area of ​​Playa de Palma when “the roof of a two-story building” housing a restaurant collapsed, explained the spokesperson for the emergency services. This area is located south of Palma.

Firefighters on site after the collapse of a restaurant in Playa de Palma, south of Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Mediterranean island, on May 23, 2024 AFP PHOTO / Jaime REINA

Many firefighters were deployed on the scene while ambulances transported the injured to the hospital, an AFP photographer noted on site.

“It was horrible,” a firefighter told the newspaper Última Hora, adding that when he arrived at the scene, he saw people crying and screaming around the rubble.

The rescue services “continue to work on site” to check if victims are not still trapped under the rubble, they said in a message published on the social network X.

The street was cordoned off by police to allow rescuers to work.

The causes of 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.

In a message on the social network

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 president of the Balearic Islands region, Marga Prohens, said she was “shocked by the information received about the collapse” and sent her thoughts “to the families of the four people who lost their lives in this tragic incident.” .

The restaurant is located on the seafront, on an avenue with shops and leisure establishments.

In 2009, the collapse of a three-story building in Palma de Mallorca killed seven people, including two Germans and three Colombians.

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