Two Britons in taxi die during Mallorca flash floods

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TRAGIC: The loss of two British lives in the Mallorca floods has been confirmed. Photo credit: Twitter / @MarGomezH

TWO BRITS are among at least five people confirmed dead in Mallorca after flash floods tore through the popular resort island yesterday, with the death toll expected to rise.

The British pair reportedly died in a taxi in the Sant Llorenc area of this island after strong torrents formed during intense showers.

At present, another 12 people have been reported missing on the island.

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

Emergency meetings have been held to coordinate a response to the devastation. 100 rescue workers and 80 soldiers have already been sent to the most affected areas of the island.

According to the Spanish media, people on the island have been rescued from rooftops and trees as 20cm (8in) of rain fell in four hours.

Footage of cars being washed away has emerged and some reports suggest homes have been inundated with more than a metre of water.

Electricity outages have also been widely reported on the island which posed serious difficulties to rescue operations in affected areas.

The Foreign Office has said: “We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them.”

The Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, added: “My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all those affected by these tragic floods.”

 

At least five dead and more missing as ‘catastrophic’ storm hits holiday island in Spain

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