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Local authorities confirmed at breakfast-time on Wednesday that another person had died, although no more details were immediately released.

The number of people missing in the floods was up to 15 at one point overnight, although local authorities later clarified that it was down to five.

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 Spanish military is sending more than a hundred emergency workers with sniffer dogs to help with the rescue effort, the BBC reports.

Three helicopters and a military Hercules plane are also being sent from the mainland Spanish city of Valencia. 

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is also traveling to the disaster zone and is expected to arrive around 1pm.

Around 100 people have spent the night at a council-run sports centre in the city of Manacor near Sant Llorenc.

Locals said the town remained virtually cut-off Wednesday morning and could only be reached by foot. Schools in the areas suspended classes because of power cuts.

Heavy rain also brought chaos to other parts of Spain including Barcelona, where parts of the tube service were temporarily suspended, and Costa del Sol holiday resorts. 

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