Five killed in torrential rainstorms in Majorca

Flooding in Mallorca Pic Twitter @guardiacivil

Muddy waters rushed down roads, houses were flooded and vehicles piled up on top of each other after the Mediterranean island was pounded with rain in just a few hours, video footage showed.

One witness told a local newspaper he had to swim out of his vehicle through a window to safety.

"I hardly had any clothes on me as they all got caught on a metal fence when I was swimming", Manuel Torrescusa told the Diario de Mallorca. An additional 12 people were still missing following the storm.

Antonia Bauza, deputy mayor of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, the worst-hit town, confirmed that two of the victims were British citizens.

A Foreign Office spokesman told the BBC it was aware of the reports and was investigating, but was not able to provide confirmation. A tenth victim was found later, emergency services said on Twitter.

Last year, 13.8 million foreign tourists visited the Balearic Islands led by German nationals and then Britons, according to official statistics.

Many more foreigners live in the archipelago.

In December 2016, southern Spain was hit with severe weather, resulting in widespread flooding and several deaths.

At least nine people are believed to have died when torrential rainstorms deluged the town of Sant Llorenc, about 40 miles east of the capital, Palma, on Tuesday evening.

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"I don't have anything with me, just the pyjama", he was quoted as saying.

Cars were washed away and homes inundated with more than a metre of water.

Other victims were found in Arta and the coastal village of S'illot, where the creek that overflowed reaches the sea.

The regional government called an emergency meeting to coordinate rescue efforts and authorities said rescue workers and military units were heading to the area to help.

The emergency services say their current priority is searching for those missing.

Two of those killed were in Sant Llorenc, one in Arta and two more in S'Illot.

MADRID-Torrential rainstorms caused flash flooding on the Spanish island of Mallorca, killing at least six people and leaving nine others missing on October 10, authorities said.

Many people spent the night in sports centres.

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