Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
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British couple killed as their taxi is swept away in Mallorca floods

British couple killed as their taxi is swept away in Mallorca floods

A spokesman for the Spanish central government's office in the Balearic Islands told AFP nine people had died while six others had been formally identified as missing.

At least five people have been killed as heavy rain and flash floods lashed the Mediterranean holiday island of Majorca.

The Britons, who were married and in their seventies, were travelling by taxi about 40 miles east of the Spanish island's capital, Palma, when the vehicle was swept away.

Mr Green, 77, and his wife, 75, were being driven to a hotel in Cala Bona when they were caught in the floodwaters, newspaper Diario de Mallorca reported.

"We are supporting the family of two British people following their deaths in Spain, and will do all we can to assist them at this deeply hard time", Britain's Foreign Office said in a statement.

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.

Many people spent the night in sports centres.

"My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all those affected by these tragic floods", Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Twitter.

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

Witnesses told how they had minutes to get to safety as the water levels rose. "We had to swim to try to survive".

World No.1 tennis star Rafael Nadal has taken part in the recovery efforts after a torrential rainstorm caused flash flooding and killed at least 10 people in Mallorca.

"As far as I know, I have lost everything", she told an AP camera crew.

Another resident, Tomas Oliver, cleaned his house as he celebrated that all the damage in his household had been material.

"We are grateful that we are all alive, but we pray for those that have lost their lives to this huge flood", Oliver said.

Dramatic video footage on social media shows raging torrents of water gushing through the streets of the town, with reports that more than 20 centimetres of rain fell in just four hours.

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