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Majorca floods: Two Brits die in taxi after flash flooding in Love Island village

Two British people have died in a taxi caught in flash flooding in Majorca which has killed 10 people.

And authorities fear the number of dead in the Majorca floods could reach 14 as the number of missing people rises to eight.

Described as a couple, the UK victims were caught in the flash flood in the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar as they were travelling.

The pair, believed to be in their 70s, 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.

Vehicles destroyed by flash floods near Sant Llorenc, in Mallorca

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Antonia Bauza, the deputy mayor of Sant Llorenc, confirmed two of the victims were British nationals.

A spokeswoman for a local emergency services coordinator confirmed: “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.”

Emergency services say the first recorded death was an elderly man with reduced mobility who was found by a rescue team in the basement of his house.

A second person died after getting caught by the flood on the road that connects Canyamel and Artà.

On Wednesday morning, emergency services confirmed two more deaths, a woman who was found in her house in Sant Llorenç and a victim in S’Illot.

The former mayor of Artà, Rafael Gili, 71, also drowned in the floods.

More information is to come on the sixth victim.

The new victims are two men found in the areas of Arta and s’Illot on the coast.

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The aftermath of the flooding has been described as “dantesque”

Firefighters rushed to the town where the Love Island villa is located

At least six people have died in the devastating floods

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Rancina Armengol, President of the Balearic Islands which includes Majorca, confirmed today her government would declare three days of mourning.

She also confirmed it would ask Madrid to declare the affected area an official disaster zone.

The ninth victim is thought to be a van driver called Biel Mesquida Salas who was last seen driving a van in an area near the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar called Son Vives.

His family had used social media to appeal for information on his whereabouts.

Some unconfirmed local reports say a tenth person has been found dead although there has so far not been any confirmation from the authorities that the death toll has risen to ten.

Guard officers are searching cars swept away by the water from swollen rivers which became death traps after bursting their banks

Sniffer dogs are also taking part in the search for possible victims.

One survivor said: “We were at home when the river burst its banks and began to take the cars away. “The water was coming through the windows and the doors.”

Another said: “The water reached about 13 foot at one point and was piling cars up on top of each other.

“I had to swim to survive. I have seen cars go past me with people inside.

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.

PM Pedro Sanchez is to travel to the Majorca disaster zone and is expected to reach the island around 1pm local time.

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.

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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The number of people missing in the floods was up to 15 at one point overnight.

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.

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Locals said the town remained virtually cut-off this morning and could only be reached by foot. Schools in the areas suspended classes because of power cuts.

Heavy rain also brought chaos to other parts of Spain including Barcelona, where parts of the tube service, were temporarily suspended and Costa del Sol holiday resorts.

The Costa del Sol remained on red alert this morning following overnight storms and torrential rain overnight in resorts like Marbella, which came after a day of heavy downpours.

The Foreign Office said it is "urgently seeking updates" from Spanish authorities regarding the reports.

A spokesperson said: "We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them."

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