Two Britons reportedly killed as flash flooding hits Majorca

Two Britons reportedly killed as flash flooding hits Majorca

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"Our thoughts also go out to their taxi driver and his family who are coming to terms with their loss as well".

Friend Emilio Dicerbo said everyone in Moffat would be "devastated" by their deaths.

United Kingdom media have named the British couple as Anthony Green and his wife Delia who were drowned in a taxi being driven by Juan Sillero who is also one of the ten known to have died.

"Tony would always get out a bit to the shops most mornings and we would have a blether".

"Tony, a retired head teacher from Lancashire, worked in Germany and later in Grantham".

"When Delia was out she would always have a blether, but she was very limited (due to bad health). Just the kind of characters they were - very friendly".

Tuesday evening's rainstorm was "extraordinarily intense but localized", affecting a narrow stretch of land with heavy rainfall concentrated during a short period of time, said Ruben del Campo, spokesman for national weather agency AEMET. The submerged taxi was later found by the civil guard and the bodies were recovered by divers.

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A dry creek overflowed, creating a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore trees along the way, witnesses told Spain's TVE.

The Britons hailed a ride in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar but the cab, from Radio Taxi Cala Mill, was swept away in floodwaters.

The Foreign Office said in a statement: "We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them".

A spokeswoman with the regional emergency service said two British nationals and a Dutch woman were among the victims, but she couldn't confirm whether six more people were still missing at midday as local media reported.

Hundreds of displaced residents are in emergency shelters, and about 80 soldiers were expected to join more than 100 rescuers who are working in the area.

Rafael Nadal has assisted in the clean-up operation after a devastating flood hit his native island of Majorca.

"Sad day in Majorca", the 32-year-old Spaniard said on Twitter.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visited the rescue coordination centre and offered condolences for the victims.

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