Rafael Nadal helps with Mallorca floods cleanup

Tanya Simon
October 11, 2018

A British couple were among ten people killed as flash flooding turned streets in Mallorca into torrents and left hundreds homeless.

Muddy waters rushed down roads, houses were flooded and vehicles piled up on top of each other after the Mediterranean island was pounded with rain in just a few hours, video footage showed.

The Britons and two local residents died in the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, the town's deputy mayor, Antonia Bauza, told Cadena SER radio.

The Britons, who were married and in their seventies, were travelling by taxi about 40 miles east of the Spanish island's capital, Palma, when the vehicle was swept away.

Witnesses said a dry creek overflowed, creating a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore down trees.

In an emailed statement, the British government's 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 hard time".

At least five people died and five more remained missing on Wednesday after torrential rainstorms caused flash flooding in Spain's Mallorca island, authorities said.

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A Balearic Islands' emergency services spokeswoman, who wasn't authorized to be named in media reports, told The Associated Press that the body of a Dutch woman was also recovered from the garage of a house in Arta, another nearby town.

One of the male victims could not yet be identified but is also believed to be a foreigner. The Spaniard holds the all-time record of 10 straight years of winning at least one major.

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is from the affected area in Majorca, was among the volunteers helping with the cleanup operation.

The regional government called an emergency meeting, and authorities said 630 rescue workers and military units had been sent to the area to help.

"What is most urgent right now is to find missing people and address the concerns of their relatives and all neighbours", Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said during a visit to the disaster zone.

The 17-time Grand Slam victor also provided shelter at his tennis academy in Manacor for displaced people whose homes were severely damaged by the flash flood.

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