British couple among five killed in Majorca flash floods

People clear debris as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca

Two Britons are reportedly among five people killed as flood waters, sparked by torrential rain, swept through towns on the Spanish island of Majorca.

A wave of muddy water swept through the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar after a river burst its banks following heavy rain on Tuesday evening.

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".

The deputy mayor of the town, Antonia Bauza, confirmed to Cadena SER radio that two of the victims were British, while two others killed in the town were locals.

Majorca was hit by devastating floods overnight.

At least another 12 people were still missing after the downpours, local media reported.

Heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca Spain
Image Heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca Spain

Videos posted online showed cars floating down the street in floodwater that was several feet deep.

"It all happened in less than 10 minutes", an unidentified witness with wet clothes and a blanket over his shoulders told TVE.

Hundreds of displaced residents are in emergency shelters, and around 80 soldiers are set to join more than 100 rescuers who are working in the area. The flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads.

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

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

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