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Majorca: Floods on Spanish island leave at least 5 dead

CNN logo CNN 10/10/2018 By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN
epa07081275 A thunder strikes over the Dragonera island in Mallorca, Balearic islands, eastern Spain, 09 October 2018. EPA-EFE/CATI CLADERA © CATI CLADERA/EPA-EFE A thunder strikes over the Dragonera island in Mallorca, Balearic islands, eastern Spain, 09 October 2018.

At least five people were killed after heavy rain and flash floods swept the Spanish island of Majorca on Tuesday night, the regional government said Wednesday.

The UK Foreign Office confirmed that two of those killed were British but gave no further details.

The deaths occurred in the Sant Llorenç area, about 35 miles east of the Balearic island's capital, Palma.

"We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them," a UK Foreign Office spokesperson said.

Emergency responders continue to search for those feared missing, the regional government said on Twitter. A moment's silence will be held at midday for those affected by the flooding.

Local police and a Civil Guard officer set up a roadblock outside the village of Sant Llorenç on the Spanish island of Majorca late Tuesday after heavy rainfall caused floods. © Atienza/EPA-EFE Local police and a Civil Guard officer set up a roadblock outside the village of Sant Llorenç on the Spanish island of Majorca late Tuesday after heavy rainfall caused floods.

Seven roads in the area remain cut off, the regional authorities said. Some schools are closed Wednesday because of the floods.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez tweeted his condolences. "My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all those affected by these tragic floods," he said.

Sánchez plans to travel to the area later Wednesday, Reuters news agency cited his office as saying.

Spain's weather agency said it did not expect a repeat of the torrential rainfall experienced Tuesday. However, a risk of heavy thunderstorms remains until late afternoon Wednesday, it said.

CNN's Livvy Doherty contributed to this report.

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