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British couple among six killed in Majorca flash floods

10 October 2018, 07:08 | Glen Norman

Image Much of the road has been reduced to mud Twitter @guardiacivil

Flooding in Mallorca Pic Twitter @guardiacivil

An emergency meeting has been held by council leaders and the emergency services to organise rescue efforts after flash floods on the Spanish island of Majorca.

"The situation is a disaster and we're trying to locate survivors and help people but everything is flooded and people can not leave their homes", said Antonia Bauza, a senior official at San Llorenc mayor's office.

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

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

Most of the victims were discovered in the town of Sant Llorenc and another in S'illot. Rivers burst their banks, and swamped homes - forcing some people to take shelter in a sports center in the nearby town of Manacor.

Between five and 20 people are still thought to be missing after the downpours, local media reported.

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Around 100 emergency rescue workers, three helicopters and a Hercules transport plane from the Spanish military have been sent from Valencia to help.

Weather forecasters reported that eight inches of rain fell in just four hours.

A spokesperson for the Spanish government's office in the Balearic Islands told AFP news agency that nine people died in the floods.

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When asked to confirm reports that a British couple were among the fatalities, the UK Foreign Office responded with a statement to Euronews saying: "We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them".



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