Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Floods kill at least ten on the Spanish island of Mallorca

Floods kill at least ten on the Spanish island of Mallorca

Among the dead are two Britons who were thought to have been caught in a flash flood while travelling in a taxi.

Footage broadcast on Spanish television showed raging, muddy waters rushing down roads, houses flooded and vehicles piled on top of each other after the Mediterranean island was pounded with heavy rain in just a few hours.

Two of the victims were British, a senior official from the San Llorenc mayor's office, Antonia Bauza, told radio station Cadena Ser.

A spokesman for the Spanish central government's office in the Balearic Islands told AFP nine people had died while six others had been formally identified as missing.

Videos shot on mobile phones by local residents showed a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore trees on its way down the streets of the town of 8,000.

The Spaniard sprung into action after the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, about 60 kilometres east of the island's capital Palma, was devastated by the rainstorm.

He said: "My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all the affected by these tragic floods", he said.

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Witnesses described having minutes to find safety as the water levels rose, inundating houses and catching motorists off guard.

"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.

According to Diario de Mallorca, the bodies of an 81-year-old man and 83-year-old woman were among the first to be found on Tuesday. "We had to swim to try to survive". Nadal also announced on social media that his tennis academy on the island would offer shelter to people affected by the floods.

Authorities said 80 soldiers and seven vehicles from the military's emergency unit had joined more than 100 rescuers who had been working in the area overnight.

Tennis star and local lad Rafa Nadal helps in the clean-up efforts.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a tweet that he is closely following developments on the ground.

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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