Britons killed in Majorca floods are named

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Así se desbordó el torrente en Sant Llorenç des Cardassar Mallorca

At least five people were killed as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc on the Spanish island of Mallorca late on Tuesday, emergency services said.

Two of the victims were British nationals, said Antonia Bauza, the deputy mayor of Sant Llorenc, the town hardest hit by the downpours, which is about 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of Mallorca's capital, Palma.

Mr Green, 77, and his wife, 75, were being driven to a hotel in Cala Bona when the taxi was caught by the floodwaters, Diario de Mallorca reported.

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".

Rescue workers and military units from the Spanish mainland were heading to the area which is popular with British holidaymakers.

World number one tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is from the island, was seen joining in with the clean-up effort.

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

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

Spain's Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has visited the island today and said in a Tweet: " I want to convey our gratitude to the emergency services, who work tirelessly to serve all those affected". "We had to swim to try to survive".

Another resident, Tomas Oliver, cleaned his house as he celebrated that all the damage in his household had been material.

Earlier on Wednesday, Nadal said on Instagram he was offering to open up his sports centre and tennis academy to people made homeless by the floods. The flooding also affected phone communications and forced the closure of at least seven major roads.

Some parts of the island received up to 9in (23cm) of rainfall in a matter of hours on Tuesday evening.

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

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