Published: Thu, October 11, 2018

British pair feared dead as Majorca flash floods kill five

British pair feared dead as Majorca flash floods kill five

Two Britons are said to be among at least five people killed as flash floods hit the Spanish island of Majorca overnight, emergency services said.

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.

The rain was so heavy a river burst its banks.

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".

A destroyed vehicle and debris are seen on the street as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca, Spain, October 10, 2018.

Two more bodies were recovered in the town of S'illot, an emergency services spokeswoman who wasn't authorized to be named in media reports told The Associated Press. "We had to swim to try to survive".

According to Spanish meteorological agency Aemet, more than 8in (20cm) of rainfall in just a few hours hit the island on Tuesday.

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.

At least 220 millimetres of rain are believed to have fallen in the region, flooding homes, roads and fields.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted his "solidarity and support for the relatives and friends of the victims, and for all those affected by this tragic flooding".

Sanchez was planning to travel to the area later on Wednesday, his office said. Streets in towns near Malaga on the Costa del Sol experienced chest-high water levels.

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