Spain: Heavy rains, floods kill at least five in Mallorca

Spain: Heavy rains, floods kill at least five in 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.

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

The rain was so heavy a river burst its banks.

When asked to confirm reports that a British couple were among the fatalities, the UK Foreign Office responded with a statement to Euronews saying: "We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them".

A sudden storm hit the town of Sant Llorenc es Cardassar, in the east of the island was hit on Tuesday 9 October.

The latter were two British tourists who were in a taxi which was swept away by flood water.

Video footage showed cars turned upside down, damaged houses and trees in the road. "We had to swim to try to survive".

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In just two hours, some 180 litres of rain fell and we realised that we could not control the water.

The weather agency, AEMET, said more heavy rainfall is expected Wednesday in eastern and southern parts of the Iberian peninsula.

Authorities said 80 soldiers and seven vehicles from the military's emergency unit joined more than 100 rescuers who had been working in the area overnight.

Two further victims died in the town of S'illot, authorities said.

A spokesperson for his office says he will visit the areas affected by flooding later on Wednesday.

The Spanish parliament held a tribute to the victims in the form of a minute's silence.

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