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At least 5 killed in heavy rains in Spain’s Mallorca

People clear debris as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca Image People clear debris as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc on Majorca
Deanna Wagner | 10 October, 2018, 19:08

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

At least another 12 people were still missing after the downpours, local media reported, though emergency services declined to confirm that figure.

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

The town of Sant Llorenc is around 60 kilometres east of Palma - the capital of the Mediterranean island.

The British Foreign Office says it's investigating reports that a British couple are among those people who've been killed.

A destroyed auto and debris are seen on the street as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca, Spain, October 10, 2018.

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.

Heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca Spain
Image Heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca Spain

Public broadcaster TVE showed footage of flooded streets and overturned cars along the guardrails of a major road.

"We had to swim to try to survive."

Spanish authorities said 80 soldiers would join more than 100 rescuers working in the area.

According to the Spanish media, people on the island have been rescued from rooftops and trees as 20cm (8in) of rain fell in four hours.

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

Sanchez was planning to travel to the area later today, his office said.

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