Rafael Nadal helps with clean-up operation following floods in Majorca

Ruben Hill
October 11, 2018

MADRID-Torrential rainstorms caused flash flooding on the Spanish island of Mallorca, killing at least six people and leaving nine others missing on October 10, authorities said.

At least six people are believed to have died when torrential rainstorms deluged the town of Sant Llorenc, about 40 miles east of the capital, Palma, on Tuesday evening. Among the dead are two Britons who were thought to have been caught in a flash flood while travelling in a taxi.

"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 hard time", Britain's Foreign Office said in a statement.

Around 80 soldiers and seven vehicles from the military's emergency unit were brought in to join more than 100 rescuers deployed in the area on Wednesday.

Meanwhile tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is from the island, was seen joining in with the clean-up effort.

Many people spent the night in sports centres.

An elderly woman's body was found in the basement of her house.

"My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all those affected by these tragic floods", Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Twitter.

Witnesses described having minutes to find safety as the water levels rose, inundating houses and catching motorists off guard. "This looks like the end of the world".

"We have lots of vacation homes", Bauza said. In all, more than 500 people helped with rescue and cleaning up operations, authorities said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Nadal said on Instagram he was offering to open up his sports centre and tennis academy to people made homeless by the floods. The flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads.

Spain's weather agency said up to 22 centimeters (8.7 inches) of rain fell within four hours, triggering flash floods in the island.

A previous version of this story corrected the spelling of the town to Sant Llorenc, not Sant Lorrenc.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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