British couple 'are among five people killed in Majorca flash floods after taxi they were in was swept away by torrent of water'

Two British people have died in a taxi caught in flash flooding in Majorca which has killed at least five people - with 15 missing.
Described as a couple, they were caught in the flash flood in the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar as they were travelling.
The pair were found dead inside the car that had been driving at around 8pm on Tuesday night when a nearby river burst its banks and the vehicle was swept away.
The taxi driver is said to be missing after the floods which saw seven inches of rain fall in a two-hour spell overnight in the area that the reality show Love Island is filmed.
It was not clear if the British couple are tourists or expats.
The taxi driver is believed to have been working for a firm called Radio Taxi Cala Millor, which confirmed the two deaths and that the driver is still missing.

Locals were left clinging onto their homes with some being swept out to sea 
Cars are swept away by raging torrents 
The floods have left five dead including a British couple 

Antonia Bauza, the deputy mayor of Sant Llorenc, confirmed two of the victims were British nationals.
She told local radio that two other victims were local, including an elderly woman whose body was found in the basement of her house.
At least five people have died in the devastating floods in eastern Majorca, authorities have confirmed.
A spokeswoman for a local emergency services coordinator confirmed: “Five people including two British nationals have died.
“The British victims were travelling in a taxi that was swept away by flash floods.
“Their bodies were found inside the vehicle.”
She said she had no information on their ages or where they were travelling to and from.
She added: “This information forms part of an ongoing investigation. Our work now is focussed on searching for those people who remain missing.”
Shocking pictures show vehicles being swept through city streets and homes submerged in water as residents hold onto rooftops, in what some have described as 'biblical scenes'.
Firefighters rushed to the town where the Love Island villa is located to save people including those who were trapped in cars.
Some were even reported to have been washed out to sea in nearby Arta on the eastern side of the island.


Rescuers are searching for several people still missing following torrential rain 
Firefighters rushed to the town where the Love Island villa is located
At least five people have died in the devastating floods



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PM Pedro Sanchez is to travel to the Majorca disaster zone and is expected to reach the island around 1pm local time.
Rafel Gili, former mayor of the town of Arta was one of the flood's victims.
Another elderly man with mobility issues died after getting trapped in the basement of his home.
An elderly woman also died after getting trapped in her home.
Rescuers are searching for several people still missing following torrential rain which has cut off the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar in the east of the island, the worst-affected locality.
The situation has been described as “dantesque.”
Locals sought refuge on their roofs as a torrent of water invaded the ground floor of their homes, sweeping cars out to sea.
The first two victims were aged 71 and 83. One was trapped by a torrent of water that flooded the basement of his home and another was found by a road linking the town of Arta to the coastal resort of Canyamel.
An emergency services coordinator tweeted just after midnight: “It has been confirmed that a third person has died” before adding around 6am: “Rescuer teams have informed us of a fourth fatality in the floods on the east of Majorca.
“She’s a woman who was trapped in her home in Sant Llorenc.”
Local authorities confirmed at breakfast-time this morning another person had died.

Shocking scenes show the devastation caused by the flooding 
Locals sought refuge on their roofs as a torrent of water invaded the area



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🔴 Sant Llorenç ara mateix. El torrent s'ha desbordat per complet. Els bombers dels parcs d'Artà, Llucmajor, Felanitx i Alcúdia s'han desplaçat al lloc alertats per les greus inundacions. Més informació: https://ib3.org?p=307746ib3.org/?p=307746  pic.twitter.com/vNCZiL5md5
The number of people missing in the floods was up to 15 at one point overnight, although local authorities confirmed yesterday morning it was down to five.
Catalina Cladera, in charge of public administration for the regional government, described the situation as “dantesque” and added: “We weren’t expecting it.
“The alert went from yellow to orange in a very short space of time.
“A massive amount of rain has fallen in very little time.”
A military emergency response unit has been sent from its base in Valencia on the mainland to help with the crisis caused by the flooding.
Around 100 people have spent the night at a council-run sports centre in the city of Manacor near Sant Llorenc.

Locals sought refuge on their roofs as a torrent of water invaded the ground floor of their homes 
Rescuers are searching for several people still missing following torrential rain