UK couple are killed when their taxi is swept away and fellow Britons are missing after Majorca flash floods

A British couple are among at least nine people killed after floods struck the Spanish island of Majorca overnight.

The pair were found dead inside a taxi that had been driving through the town of Sant LLorenc des Cardassar around 8pm Tuesday when a nearby river burst its banks and swept the vehicle away.

More Britons are also believed to be among at least six people – including the couple’s taxi driver – who are still missing, as authorities warn the death toll could rise to 14.

Locals told how they had to swim for their lives after a wall of water smashed into their homes overnight, while others watched helplessly as cars with people still inside were washed away.

Meanwhile Spanish forecasters warned the emergency is far from over as they raised the threat level for Majorca’s east, where Sant Llorenc is located, to red – with 11 inches of rain forecast in the next 12 hours.

 

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.’

 

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.’

Local Manuel Torrescusa, told the Diario de Mallorca how he swam through his car window to safety. He said: ‘I swam 500 metres (1,650 feet) through the torrent until I got to a house.

‘I hardly had any clothes on me as they all got caught on a metal fence when I was swimming.’

Rosario Sanchez, the mayor of Sant Llorenç, confirmed that three men and two women were among the dead in her town, including the British couple.

Also killed in Sant Llorenc was Rafel Gili, 71, former mayor of the town of Arta which is close by.

Two elderly people died in their homes after getting trapped, including an a man with mobility issues who was found in his basement.

Two more victims were then found in the town of S’Illot, with at least one discovered in the town of Arta.

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. Authorities would not immediately confirm his identity.