Author: Marta Barceló
Sant Llis, October 2018. After four hours of intense rainfall, a seasonal stream overflows its banks, flooding a small village in Mallorca and causing eleven deaths, several injury victims, and significant material damages. A wave of reactions is quickly unleashed: an unprecedented explosion of solidary and media coverage that increasingly raises more questions. Could the tragedy have been avoided? Did the emergency protocols work? Why are buildings still being built next to such streams?