Two Britons killed in taxi among five dead in Majorca flash floods

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

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

A British couple are among five people killed in Majorca after flash floods hit the Spanish island.

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

Sant Llorenc, which is about 60 kilometres east of Mallorca's capital, Palma, is where a dry creek overflowed amid heavy downpours, creating a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore trees along the way, according to witness accounts.

The British Foreign Office said it is "urgently seeking updates" from local authorities after reports that two Britons were among those killed.

The spokeswoman for a local emergency services coordinator confirmed: "Five people including two British nationals have died".

Majorca was hit by devastating floods overnight.

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Two men were found dead around midday on Wednesday, one in the northeastern town of Arta and another at S'illot further south on the coast.

Images posted on social media showed cars being swept along narrow streets by torrents of water.

"We had to swim to try to survive."

The authorities said 80 soldiers from the military emergency unit would join more than 100 rescuers working in the area this morning after eight inches of rain fell in four hours on Tuesday evening.

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

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

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