Majorca floods: Two Britons reported among five dead amid 'biblical' scenes

Majorca Floods: Two Brits Reported Dead After Heavy Rain Sweeps Island

Majorca Floods: Two Brits Reported Dead After Heavy Rain Sweeps Island

When asked to confirm reports that a British couple were among the fatalities, the UK Foreign Office responded with a statement to Euronews saying: "We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them".

The spokeswoman for a local emergency services coordinator confirmed: "Five people including two British nationals have died".

Torrents of brown water swept cars along narrow streets in the eastern town of Sant Llorenc late on Tuesday.

Between five and 20 people are still thought to be missing after the downpours, local media reported.

People walk along the damaged waterfront after a storm on the island of Mallorca, Spain, on October 10, 2018.

The missing British pair were believed to have been travelling in a taxi when the vehicle was caught in the flood.

The regional government called an emergency meeting, and authorities said rescue workers and military units had been sent to the area to help.

At least three towns closed schools and hundreds of people were given shelter in sport facilities.

Some parts of the island received up to 23 centimetres of rainfall in around four hours on Tuesday evening, national weather authorities reported. The flooding also affected phone communications and forced the closure of at least seven major roads.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted his "solidarity and support for the relatives and friends of the victims, and for all those affected by this tragic flooding".

He was planning to travel to the area later on Wednesday, his office said.

Spanish lawmakers held a minute's silence before opening Sanchez's weekly question time.