Britons killed by raging flash flooding on Majorca have been named

Britons killed by raging flash flooding on Majorca have been named

The only missing person as of Wednesday afternoon was a 5-year-old boy who disappeared with his mother.

The Britons, who were married and in their seventies, were travelling by taxi about 40 miles east of the Spanish island's capital, Palma, when the auto was swept away.

The missing British pair were believed to have been travelling in a taxi when the vehicle was caught in the flood.

Piles of rubbish and wrecked furniture cluttered the streets in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, one of the worst-hit villages, while locals with the aid of volunteers used mops to clean up the water flooding their homes.

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 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".

The Balearic Islands' emergency services spokeswoman, who wasn't authorized to be named in media reports, told The Associated Press that the body of a Dutch woman was recovered from the garage of a house in Arta, another nearby town.

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Two further victims died in the town of S'illot, authorities said.

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

Witnesses told how they had minutes to get to safety as the water levels rose.

Meanwhile tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is from the island, was seen joining in with the clean-up effort. Nadal also announced on social media that his tennis academy on the island would offer shelter to people affected by the floods.

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 three towns closed schools and hundreds of people were sheltered in sports facilities and a local hippodrome, authorities said.

Footage broadcast on Spanish television showed raging, muddy waters rushing down roads, houses flooded and vehicles piled on top of each other after the Mediterranean island was pounded with heavy rain in just a few hours.

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