Majorca Floods: Two Brits Reported Dead After Heavy Rain Sweeps Island

EL MUNDO 
Así se desbordó el torrente en Sant Llorenç des Cardassar Mallorca

EL MUNDO Así se desbordó el torrente en Sant Llorenç des Cardassar Mallorca

At least ten people have died and it's thought that one child is still missing following a series of devastating floods which swept across the holiday island of Mallorca, in Spain's Balearic Islands.

Two Britons killed when their taxi was swallowed by a raging flash flood on Majorca have been named as Anthony and Delia Green.

The Spaniard sprung into action after the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, about 60 kilometres east of the island's capital Palma, was devastated by the rainstorm.

The British couple believed to have been killed were said to be travelling in a taxi when the vehicle was caught in the flood.

The Foreign Office said in a statement: "We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them".

Officials have said more than 600 rescuers and medical staff were at work and that emergency relief centres had been set up in sports halls.

A spokeswoman with the regional emergency service said two British nationals and a Dutch woman were among the victims, but she couldn't confirm whether six more people were still missing at midday as local media reported.

"It all happened in less than 10 minutes", one told Spanish TV.

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Antonia Bauza, the deputy mayor of Sant Llorenc, confirmed two of the victims were British nationals.

Videos shot on mobile phones by local residents showed a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore trees on its way down the streets of the town of 8,000.

Other victims were found in Arta and the coastal town of S'illot, where the overflowed creek reaches the sea.

Spain's weather agency said up to 22 centimeters (8.7 inches) of rain fell within four hours, triggering flash floods in the island. "We had to swim to try to survive".

Meanwhile tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is from the island, was seen joining in with the clean-up effort.

At least three towns closed schools and hundreds of people were sheltered in sport facilities and a local horse racing track.

Sanchez was planning to travel to the area later on Wednesday, his office said.

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