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British tourists among Majorca flood victims

People clear debris as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca Image People clear debris as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc on Majorca
Pablo Mccormick | 10 October, 2018, 19:03

At least five people were killed in flash flooding on the Spanish island of Mallorca late on Tuesday, according to police, with a British couple reportedly among the fatalities.

There are unconfirmed reports that two Britons are among the casualties as the floods hit the Sant Llorenc area early on Wednesday morning.

At least six people are believed to have died when torrential rainstorms deluged the town of Sant Llorenc, about 40 miles east of the capital, Palma, on Tuesday evening.

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

Between five and 20 people are still thought to be missing after the downpours, local media reported.

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.

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

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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.

Around 100 emergency rescue workers, three helicopters and a Hercules transport plane from the Spanish military have been sent from Valencia to help.

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

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

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