British couple among six killed in Majorca flash floods

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

The British couple believed to have been killed were said to be travelling in a taxi when the vehicle was caught in the flood.

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

Two Britons are thought to have been killed during flash floods in Majorca.

The rain was so heavy a river burst its banks.

A 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 also recovered from the garage of a house in Arta, another nearby town.

Earlier on Wednesday, Nadal said on Instagram he was offering to open up his sports centre and tennis academy to people made homeless by the floods.

Rescue workers and military units from the Spanish mainland were heading to the area which is popular with British holidaymakers.

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

Local television showed footage of beach umbrellas floating in the sea near S'Illot, one of the affected coastal villages, one man looking at the water with his binoculars to spot any missing people. "We had to swim to try to survive". "This looks like the end of the world".

In all, more than 500 people helped with rescue and cleaning up operations, as authorities said the rainstorm was unlike any people could remember.

"We have lots of vacation homes", Bauza said.

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

"This is hardly seen in the islands", Del Campo said.

The Spanish weather agency reported around 8in (20.3cm) of rain fell in four hours on Tuesday evening in parts of the island.

The thunderstorms are still circulating in the region and further torrential rain is expected on Wednesday and Thursday, with southern France and northwest Italy being most at risk of flooding.

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