Two Britons killed in Majorca flooding

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Two Britons are thought to have been killed during flash floods in Majorca.

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

The island was hit by devastating floods overnight, with torrential rainstorms hitting the town of Sant Lorrenc, about 40 miles east of the capital Palma.

When asked to confirm reports that a British couple were among the fatalities, the UK Foreign Office responded with a statement to Euronews saying: "We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them".

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

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

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"It all happened in less than 10 minutes", an unidentified witness with wet clothes and a blanket over his shoulders told TVE.

Two more local people were killed in the town, along with a further victim, who died in the town of S'illot.

Around 100 emergency rescue workers, three helicopters and a Hercules transport plane from the Spanish military have been sent from Valencia to help. The flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads.

More than 8 inches of rainfall fell in just a few hours on Tuesday morning, according to the Spanish weather company Aemet.

Sanchez's office said the prime minister was traveling to the area.

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