THE family of a Scottish couple killed after their taxi was swept away by a devastating flash flood on Majorca have told of their "deep shock".

Anthony and Delia Green, from Moffat, Dumfries, died along with cab driver Juan Silero.

Mr Green, 77, and Mrs Green, 75, were being driven to a hotel in Cala Bona when they were caught in the floodwaters.

Ten people have died after torrential rain hit the region around the town of Sant Llorenc, about 40 miles east of Palma. 

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The family of the Greens who were among 12 people who died, said: "We are deeply shocked by the sudden passing of our parentsin the tragic events in Majorca."

Mr and Mrs Green, who had recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary, were in Majorca for a fortnight-long holiday on the island when the flooding hit.

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

Mr Green was a retired headteacher who had also worked in Germany and travelled regularly with his wife.

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Their family said they took solace knowing they died together.

"Our thoughts also go out to their taxi driver and his family who are coming to terms with their loss as well. They will all be missed by everyone who knew them," the family said.

"We would like to thank everyone for the love and support shown to our family as we come to terms with losing our parents. We would very much appreciate privacy at this most difficult of times."

The military, assisted by emergency services, were reported to be also searching for a five-year-old boy missing since the disaster.

Up to nine inches of rainfall fell on the island in a matter of hours on Tuesday evening.

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Witnesses told how they had minutes to get to safety as the water levels rose.

Locals have paid tribute to the couple, who lived in Moffat for more than 10 years.

Friend Emilio Dicerbo said everyone in the area would be "devastated" by their deaths.

The 84-year-old retired ice cream merchant said: "They were a very friendly, lovely couple.

"Tony would always get out a bit to the shops most mornings and we would have a blether.

"He liked to go have a game of pool, he loved his wee bit of potted plants outside his front door - he did tend his plants, very neat and tidy.

"He was a (retired) publican and head teacher.

"When Delia was out she would always have a blether, but she was very limited (due to bad health).

"They were a very friendly couple, just normal.

"Everyone will be devastated. Just the kind of characters they were - very friendly."

He said the couple, who were aged in their 70s and originally from England, were visiting the Spanish island for a holiday.

A Foreign Office spokesman 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."