BA parent IAG has warned of delays to flight from Majorca due to heavy rain and flooding which has reportedly led to the deaths of five people.

The carrier warned customers that the bad weather is causing “significant disruptions” on the Balearic island.

The BBC reported that flash floods caused a huge wave of muddy water to engulf the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, in the east of the island, after a river burst its banks following heavy rain.

Local media said cars were washed away and several people are believed to be missing.

The Spanish military is deploying more than a hundred emergency workers with sniffer dogs. Three helicopters and a military Hercules plane are also being sent from the mainland.

In a statement to customers IAG earlier on Wednesday morning said: “Severe flooding has been reported and has particularly affected the northern and eastern areas.

“At least two people have been killed in weather-related incidents and approximately 20 others are missing. The army is currently assisting in rescue efforts.

“Schools will be closed on 10 October as a precaution. As further heavy rains are expected over the next 24 hours, travellers are advised to anticipate continued disruptions.”

The British government has warned tourists visiting Majorca to follow the advice of local authorities.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advisory warned those on the island of “significant disruption and some road closures”.