THE two Brits killed in the Majorca flash floods have been named locally as elderly holidaymakers Anthony and Delia Green.

They are among the 10 known victims of Tuesday night’s “biblical” flash floods that wreaked havoc across the island’s eastern towns.

 The flash flooding has left devastation in its wake, as officials warn the death toll could rise

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The flash flooding has left devastation in its wake, as officials warn the death toll could rise

It has emerged the taxi the Greens were travelling in was swept away by the sudden flooding tearing through residential areas.

Their bodies were recovered in the resort of s’Illot in the early hours of yesterday after police found their upturned cab.

A few hours later the body of their driver, named as Juan Grande Sillero, was recovered.


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 Emotional locals are pictured in the aftermath of the devastating floods

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Emotional locals are pictured in the aftermath of the devastating floods

Anthony, 75, and Delia, 72, are understood to have been travelling to their hotel in the east coast fishing town of Cala Bona after landing at Palma Airport.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed: “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 difficult time.

“Our staff remain in contact with the Spanish authorities who are responsible for responding to the floods.”

 Residents are pictured in Sant Llorenc earlier yesterday after the torrential rainstorms caused flash flooding

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Residents are pictured in Sant Llorenc earlier yesterday after the torrential rainstorms caused flash flooding
Floodings in Majorca as torrent of San Llorenç des Cardassa overflows
 A woman is pictured claening the mud from inside her home in Sant Llorenc earlier yesterday

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A woman is pictured claening the mud from inside her home in Sant Llorenc earlier yesterday

They added officials are “ready to assist any other British people who require our help”.

Meanwhile, a mum is also believed to have been killed rescuing her eight-year-old daughter from the floods which ravaged the holiday island on Tuesday night.

The heroic mother was driving with her daughter and five-year-old son when their car was hit with an “avalanche of water”, Diario de Mallorca reported.

She managed to push the girl out of the car but the boy is understood to have been inside when it was pulled away by the water.

The mother’s body was reportedly discovered in the car and her son is still missing.

Authorities raised the official death toll to ten yesterday and revealed they are now only searching for one missing person.

Meanwhile, a rescue coordination spokesman said three of the bodies had been recovered in Sant Llorenc, two in Area, three in s’Illot and one in Son Carrio.

 A clean-up operation is now underway following the storm

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A clean-up operation is now underway following the storm
 A Brit couple and a nine year-old-boy are believed to be among the dead after Tuesday night's flash flooding

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A Brit couple and a nine year-old-boy are believed to be among the dead after Tuesday night’s flash flooding
 Three days of national mourning have been declared

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Three days of national mourning have been declared
 People clear the debris as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca

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People clear the debris as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca
 Items covered with mud are lined up in flooded a house in Sant Llorenc

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Items covered with mud are lined up in flooded a house in Sant Llorenc

Also among those killed was a nine-year-old boy, whose body was found yesterday near a flooded waterway.

Authorities previously said they feared the number of dead could reach 14.

A Civil Guard spokesman said: “The focus is now on finding those missing. River beds and the area around the coast is being searched.

“There are a lot of cars in the river beds and a lot of wreckage so it’s not an easy job.”

 Two people are seen wading through deep water as floodwaters ravage the town
Two people are seen wading through deep water as floodwaters ravage the town
 The areas worst affected were towards the east of the island

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The areas worst affected were towards the east of the island

Majorcan-born tennis star Rafa Nadal yesterday took part in the clean-up after the disaster, which left parts of Majorca looking like a war zone with upturned cars piled on top of each other and uprooted trees.

He donned wellington boots and a tracksuit to work alongside other volunteers yesterday in removing floodwater in the worst-affected parts of Sant Llorenc.

He also opened up the doors of his nearby sports centre and academy to temporarily house some of the people whose homes were damaged in the floods.

The 11-times French Open winner tweeted afterwards: “Today is a sad day in Majorca. Our most sincere condolences to those that have died in the floods.”

 Tennis star Rafael Nadal dons wellingtons to help with the cleanup

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Tennis star Rafael Nadal dons wellingtons to help with the cleanup
 Nadal, pictured yesterday, is Majorca-born

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Nadal, pictured yesterday, is Majorca-born
 Some nine people have been confirmed dead and three days of national mourning declared

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Some nine people have been confirmed dead and three days of national mourning declared
 People walk along a waterfront damaged by the floods

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People walk along a waterfront damaged by the floods

The apocalyptic storms struck by surprise on Tuesday night, sweeping vehicles out to sea and down city streets.

Rescue personnel used helicopters to assess the scale of damage, while residents were evacuated from rooftops and balconies.

The first two victims were aged 71 and 83.

One was trapped by a torrent of water that flooded the basement of his home and another was found by a road linking the town of Arta to the coastal resort of Canyamel.

 The Spanish PM is making an emergency trip to the island this afternoon

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The Spanish PM is making an emergency trip to the island this afternoon
 Astonishing photos taken after the floods subsided showed dozens of cars piled on top of one another

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Astonishing photos taken after the floods subsided showed dozens of cars piled on top of one another
 Emergency services look over the destruction wrought by the floods on Tuesday night

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Emergency services look over the destruction wrought by the floods on Tuesday night
 A massive cleanup and search operation is now underway

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A massive cleanup and search operation is now underway

Local authorities confirmed yesterday morning that four more people had died, though it is not yet clear which, if any, of these fatalities were the British couple.

News of the deaths comes amid terrifying accounts of the flooding in which people were swept away while still inside their cars.

Kerry Kirkmanm from Nottingham, was staying at the Playa Moreia in S’illot, in the island’s east and the location of the sixth confirmed death, when the flooding struck.

 Many towns on the island were left covered in mud and debris

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Many towns on the island were left covered in mud and debris
 One elderly survivor revealed he was swept away in his car and had to swim 500m to safety

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One elderly survivor revealed he was swept away in his car and had to swim 500m to safety
 The Foreign Office is 'urgently' looking into Spanish reports of the Brits deaths

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The Foreign Office is ‘urgently’ looking into Spanish reports of the Brits deaths
 The powerful floods dragged the cars down streets and on top of one another

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The powerful floods dragged the cars down streets and on top of one another
 Soldiers and additional rescue personnel are being called in to the help

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Soldiers and additional rescue personnel are being called in to the help

She told The Sun Online: “We were in the restaurant at the hotel last night (Tuesday) which is on the ground floor when suddenly water started seeping in through the doors.

“We left our food and went through to the bar where we could see the water on the river was really high and there were trees floating down it.

“The staff told us to get out as the water was about to start coming in. So we went up to the reception on the first floor to watch, and suddenly fridges and washing machines started going down the river into the sea.

“Then we saw a car go down that looked like someone was in it and my husband thought he saw a person in the water with their hands up in the air. Everyone was panicking.”

 The Spanish Prime Minister visited the disaster zone yesterday

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The Spanish Prime Minister visited the disaster zone yesterday
 A rescuer wades through the trashed cars and debris

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A rescuer wades through the trashed cars and debris
 Several towns were struck by the flash floods though none as badly as Sant Llorenc

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Several towns were struck by the flash floods though none as badly as Sant Llorenc

She continued: “People were collecting their suitcases and getting away. We were told to go up the hotel to the higher levels.”

One of those killed has been confirmed as the former mayor of the town of Arta. Rafel Gili was the father of the town’s current mayor Tolo Gili.

Spanish weather forecasters said 8inches of rain fell in four hours, while electricity outages restricted rescue efforts.

Adam Williams, from North Wales, told The Sun Online he was staying in Cala Dor, about an hour away from the worst of the flooding in Sant Llorenc, with his wife and two kids when the storms hit.

 Sant Llorenc is the area worst hit by floods, and roads and access to the area remain cut off

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Sant Llorenc is the area worst hit by floods, and roads and access to the area remain cut off
 A torrent of water is seen tearing through a town in Majorca
A torrent of water is seen tearing through a town in Majorca
 In coastal areas cars were reported to have been washed into the sea

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In coastal areas cars were reported to have been washed into the sea

The 31-year-old said they were driving home from dinner on Tuesday night when they witnessed cars stuck on the roads amid a torrent of water.

He said: “The roads couldn’t keep up. The water was literally just flooding down. It was like someone had taken a plug out of a bath.

“As we were driving back the manholes had popped off because of the pressure of the water. You could smell the sewage.

“It was crazy, absolutely crazy. Probably the worst I’ve ever seen. My little girl, she is just six years old, so she was quite worried about what was going on, would we get stuck, etc.”

 A car floats down a street during the deadly floods

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A car floats down a street during the deadly floods
 Authorities say up to 8 people are still missing

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Authorities say up to 8 people are still missing
 The carnage was unexpected and has so far left nine people dead

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The carnage was unexpected and has so far left nine people dead

The Government of the Balearic Islands also asked the Emergency Military Unit to provide additional help – 90 soldiers and 100 rescue workers were dispatched to assist.

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 sports centres and hotels have offered to provide emergency shelter for those affected.

 A car sits in a street as floodwaters rise around it

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A car sits in a street as floodwaters rise around it
‘Biblical’ flooding batters Majorca killing two and leaving up to 20 people missing
 The floods are said to be among the worst Majorca has ever experienced
The floods are said to be among the worst Majorca has ever experienced

Several cars were also reported to have been dragged into the sea in Colònia de Sant Pere, in Artà, IB3 reported.

Leanne, from West Lancashire, told the Mirror Online: “We were sunbathing yesterday morning then at around 2.30pm the rain and stormy weather began.

“Later we visited a restaurant celebrating my mum’s birthday, and the electricity kept going on and off. The next day the entire area was completely devastated.

“We think that a car that has been taped off was the one in the video. There were people chasing it but the water was too strong. We are sure there were people in the car.”

 Terrifying footage showed cars being swept away by the water
Terrifying footage showed cars being swept away by the water
 There were reports of cars being carried away with passengers still inside
There were reports of cars being carried away with passengers still inside

And store manager Andrea Sutton Allen told the Daily Record: “There are collapsed roads and a car was dragged into the sea. The hotel was without power all evening and is still without water.”

Some commentators on social media described the floods as biblical, and there were reports of people seen clinging to trees and roofs.

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez also travelled to the disaster zone yesterday.

 The worst of the flooding struck the town of Sant Llorenc, on the island's east
The worst of the flooding struck the town of Sant Llorenc, on the island’s east
 People take shelter at an evacuation centre during the worst of the flooding

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People take shelter at an evacuation centre during the worst of the flooding
 Sports centres and halls were hastily turned into accommodation for those affected

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Sports centres and halls were hastily turned into accommodation for those affected

And British Airways’ parent company IAG warned holidaymakers of flight delays.

A spokesperson said: “As further heavy rains are expected over the next 24 hours, travellers are advised to anticipate continued disruptions.”

Rosario Sanchez Grau, central government representative for the Balearic Islands, said: “These are difficult moments. My condolences and solidarity for all those affected, especially the families and friends of those who have died.”

Catalina Cladera, in charge of public administration for the regional government, described the situation as “dantesque” and added: “We weren’t expecting it. The alert went from yellow to orange in a very short space of time.

 Rescue services are pictured at the scene of the worst flooding

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Rescue services are pictured at the scene of the worst flooding
 Nine people are still missing sparking fears the death toll could rise

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Nine people are still missing sparking fears the death toll could rise
 A wrecked car is seen in the aftermath of the terrifying flooding

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A wrecked car is seen in the aftermath of the terrifying flooding
 Some vehicles were even swept out to sea, it was reported

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Some vehicles were even swept out to sea, it was reported

Javier Martínez, a resident of Can Picafort, told Diario de Mallorca how he was driving when his car was blindsided by a wall of water.

He said: “I left the car though the window and then swam for 500 metres (1,650ft) through the raging water until I reached a house.

“I was barely clothed as they all got caught on a metal fence when I was swimming. The people at the house lent me a shirt and then the Guardia Civil came and drove me to Manacor.

“I have nothing, just the pyjamas I was wearing. My house was completely full of water, and now it has just been left full of mud. I have lost everything.”

 Authorities say at least nine people have been killed

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Authorities say at least nine people have been killed
 The floods have now receded leaving devastation in their wake

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The floods have now receded leaving devastation in their wake
 A bar balances across a road barrier

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A bar balances across a road barrier
 The flooding also dragged mud and debris through city streets

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The flooding also dragged mud and debris through city streets
 This car came to rest next to a speed limit sign

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This car came to rest next to a speed limit sign
Torrents of water rush down staircase outside Catalonia’s national art museum in Barcelona

“A massive amount of rain has fallen in very little time.”

Heavy rain also brought chaos to other parts of Spain including Barcelona, where parts of the tube service were temporarily suspended.

The Costa del Sol remained on red alert yesterday following overnight storms and torrential rain overnight in resorts like Marbella.

Rain batters eastern coast of Majorca amid deadly flooding


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