A British couple who were killed in flash floods on the Balearic Island of Marjoca have been named as Antony and Delia Green from Moffat in Scotland.

The couple had reportedly just arrived in Majorca and were in a taxi when it was caught in a surge of water in the coastal resort of Sant Llorenc. The Spanish taxi driver, Juan Sillero, was also killed.

At least 12 people are now believed to have died after torrential rainstorms hit the area around Sant Llorenc des Cardassar on Tuesday night.

The Balearic Islands Tourist Board said it was saddened by news of the deaths but stressed the floods were an “isolated incident”, away from Majorca’s main tourist destinations.

The UK Foreign Office said it was supporting the dead couple’s family.

In a statement the family said: “We are deeply shocked by the sudden passing of our parents Delia and Tony Green in the tragic events in Majorca.

“They were travelling out to Majorca for a two-week holiday when they were caught up in the flooding.

“Delia and Tony were a loving, kind and caring couple. They were at their happiest when they were with their family and friends.

“They recently celebrated 55 years of marriage. Originally from Atherton, Greater Manchester, they retired to Moffat 14 years ago.

“Our thoughts also go out to their taxi driver and his family who are coming to terms with their loss as well.”

Mr and Mrs Green, both in their 70s, were found by divers inside the vehicle in the early hours of Wednesday.

The Foreign Office said: “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, and are ready to assist any other British people who require our help.”

Torrential rain saw up to eight inches of rain fall in parts of Majorca in just four hours on Tuesday.

A massive clean-up effort is underway in the worst-hit eastern towns and villages which is expected to take months.

Soldiers are still searching for three people, including a five year old boy, missing since Monday evening.

Police in the worst hit town of Sant Llorenç say they’re dealing with many incidents of looting, and have increased patrols.

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez called news of the flooding “devastating” during a visit to the area.

“My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all the affected by these tragic floods.”