Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

10 dead in torrential flooding on Spain’s Mallorca island

10 dead in torrential flooding on Spain’s Mallorca island

The British couple were reportedly in a taxi when they were caught in the flood.

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is from the affected area in Majorca, said on Instagram he was offering to open up his sports centre and tennis academy to people made homeless by the floods.

Antonia Bauza, the deputy mayor of Sant Llorenc, confirmed two of the victims were British nationals.

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal works with residents to clear the mud from their houses after flooding in Sant Llorenc, 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of Mallorca's capital, Palma, Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

Deaths as "catastrophic" storm hits holiday island.

The regional government called an emergency meeting and authorities said rescue workers and military units were heading to the area to help.

The Foreign Office is "urgently seeking updates" from Spanish authorities after reports that two Britons were killed as Majorca was hit by devastating floods overnight.

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"Our most honest condolences to the loved ones of the victims of the serious floods in San Llorenc", he wrote.

A minute's silence has been held by the Spanish parliament to remember the victims. "We had to swim to try to survive".

At least three towns closed schools and hundreds of people were sheltered in sport facilities and a local horse racing track, authorities said.

"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 flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads.

Some parts of the island received up to 9in (23cm) of rainfall in around four hours on Tuesday evening.

The thunderstorms are still circulating in the region and further torrential rain is expected on Wednesday and Thursday, with southern France and northwest Italy being most at risk of flooding.

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