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IB3 Noticies               A still from a video taken in Sant Llorenc on Tuesday evening IB3 Noticies A still from a video taken in Sant Llorenc on Tuesday evening
Cary Erickson | 11 October, 2018, 14:57

At least five people have been killed as heavy rain and flash floods lashed the Mediterranean holiday island of Majorca.

"I swam 500 metres (1,650 feet) through the torrent until I got to a house", Manuel Torrescusa told the Diario de Mallorca.

MADRID-Torrential rainstorms caused flash flooding on the Spanish island of Mallorca, killing at least six people and leaving nine others missing on October 10, authorities said.

The deputy mayor of the town, Antonia Bauza, confirmed to Cadena SER radio that two others killed in the area were locals.

"The most important thing right now is to find the missing people and respond to the concerns of their families and to everyone who lives near the affected areas", he told reporters.

A Foreign Office spokesman told the BBC it was aware of the reports and was investigating, but was not able to provide confirmation.

Last year, 13.8 million foreign tourists visited the Balearic Islands led by German nationals and then Britons, according to official statistics.

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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 vehicle was swept away.

Police officers stand next to vehicles destroyed in Sant Llorenc, the town hardest hit by the downpours located 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of Mallorca's capital, Palma, Spain, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

"My house filled up completely and when it (the water level) dropped we left and went through the mud that the flood left".

Local television showed footage of beach umbrellas floating in the sea near S'Illot, one of the affected coastal villages.

Helicopters and search dogs were also dispatched to the scene, the country's emergency military unit added.

Two British citizens and a Dutch woman were among the victims found Wednesday, one day after the rainfall, a spokeswoman with the regional emergency service said. "Our heartfelt condolences to the relatives of those who died from the floods of Sant Llorenç", the academy wrote on Twitter.

Majorca was hit by devastating floods overnight.