Floods kill at least nine on the Spanish island of Mallorca

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

At least five people were killed in flash flooding on the Spanish island of Mallorca late on Tuesday, according to police, with a British couple reportedly among the fatalities.

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

The deputy mayor of the town, Antonia Bauza, confirmed to Cadena SER radio that two of the victims were British, while two others killed in the town were locals.

Public broadcaster TVE showed footage of flooded streets and overturned cars along the guardrails of a major road.

The rain was so heavy a river burst its banks.

Hundreds of people spent the night in emergency shelters and schools remain closed on Wednesday.

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

At present, another 12 people have been reported missing on the island.

The authorities said 80 soldiers from the military emergency unit would join more than 100 rescuers working in the area this morning after eight inches of rain fell in four hours on Tuesday evening.

A spokesperson for the Spanish government's office in the Balearic Islands told AFP news agency that nine people died in the floods.

The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez tweeted: "My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all those affected by these tragic floods".

Sanchez was planning to travel to the area later today, his office said.

A minute's silence has been held by the Spanish parliament to remember the victims.

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