Two Britons in taxi die during Mallorca flash floods

People clear debris as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca

TWO BRITS are among at least five people confirmed dead in Mallorca after flash floods tore through the popular resort island yesterday, with the death toll expected to rise.

Local radio reported the death of the pair, along with at least three others, as torrential rainstorms hit the town of Sant Lorrenc - 40 miles east of the capital of Palma - on Tuesday night.

Videos posted online showed cars floating down the street in floodwater that was several feet deep.

Most of the victims were discovered in the town of Sant Llorenc and another in S'illot.

Hundreds of displaced people are now being forced to shelter in emergency accommodation.

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

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 Balearic Islands' emergency services spokeswoman, who wasn't authorized to be named in media reports, told The Associated Press that the body of a Dutch woman was recovered from the garage of a house in Arta, another nearby town.

Authorities said 80 soldiers and seven vehicles from the military's emergency unit had joined Wednesday more than 100 rescuers who had been working in the area overnight.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted his "solidarity and support for the relatives and friends of the victims, and for all those affected by this tragic flooding".

A minute's silence has been held by the Spanish parliament to remember the victims.

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