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Published on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Two Britons among five dead in Majorca flash floods



Two Britons are among five people to have been killed and at least 12 others are missing in flash flooding in Majorca.

The pair were in a taxi in the eastern town of Sant Llorenc, which was swamped when a river burst its banks following heavy rainfall.

Cars were washed away and several people are believed to be missing, according to local media reports.

The Spanish military is deploying more than a hundred emergency workers with sniffer dogs, said the BBC.

Local officials have held an emergency meeting to coordinate their response, with 100 rescue workers and 80 soldiers sent to the area.




According to the Majorca Daily Bulletin, people were rescued from roofs and trees after the flooding began on Tuesday evening.

Spanish weather forecasters said 20cm of rain fell in four hours.


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."

Sant Llorenc has become famous as the location for reality TV show Love Island.

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

Three helicopters and a military Hercules plane are also being sent from the mainland Spanish city of Valencia.

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