Britons killed in Majorca floods named

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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.

Heavy rains poured down on the Spanish island of Majorca on Tuesday night, with flash floods claiming lives of at least 10 people, including three foreigners.

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal works with residents to clear the mud from their houses after flooding in Sant Llorenc, 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of Mallorca's capital, Palma, Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

Mr Green, 77, and his wife, 75, were being driven to a hotel in Cala Bona when the taxi was caught by the floodwaters, Diario de Mallorca reported.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are supporting the family of two British people following their deaths in Spain, and will do all we can to assist them at this deeply hard time".

Spanish authorities said 80 soldiers would join more than 100 rescuers working in the area.

Emergency services in the Balearic archipelago tweeted that a man and a woman were found near Arta, one of the affected towns, "close to the area" where the vehicle of a missing German couple had been found.

Spain's weather agency said up to 22 centimeters (8.7 inches) of rain fell within four hours, triggering flash floods in the island.

Their auto was swept away by a torrent of water near the coastal resort of S'Illot.

"It all happened in less than 10 minutes", a witness told Spanish TV.

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

"My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all those affected by these tragic floods", said Sanchez. "We had to swim to try to survive".

World number one tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is from the island, was seen joining in with the clean-up effort.

The flooding forced schools to close and displaced people to shelter in sports halls.

Sanchez will be flying to the area later Wednesday, his office said.

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