Monday, 22 October, 2018

Nadal helps clean up after Majorca floods

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Así se desbordó el torrente en Sant Llorenç des Cardassar Mallorca EL MUNDO Así se desbordó el torrente en Sant Llorenç des Cardassar Mallorca
Andrew Wong | 11 October, 2018, 14:59

One witness told a local newspaper he had to swim out of his vehicle through a window to safety.

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.

The only missing person as of Wednesday afternoon was a 5-year-old boy who disappeared with his mother.

Antonia Bauza, deputy mayor of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, one of the affected villages, told Spanish radio that two British nationals were among the dead.

She said there were also Britons among the missing.

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A Foreign Office spokesman told the BBC it was aware of the reports and was investigating, but was not able to provide confirmation.

"We are grateful that we are all alive, but we pray for those that have lost their lives to this huge flood", Oliver said.

Emergency services in the archipelago updated information regularly on Twitter, sending out tweets in Spanish, Catalan, English and German in an indication of the prevalence of tourists and foreign residents on the island.

Many more foreigners live in the archipelago.

Spain's meteorological office warned that rainfall and storms were set to get worse in the archipelago "in the coming hours".

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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.

"I don't have anything with me, just the pyjama", he was quoted as saying.

The regional government called an emergency meeting to coordinate rescue efforts and authorities said rescue workers and military units were heading to the area to help. "They have found the bodies of the two British people in the auto", a spokesman for the taxi company said.

World number one Rafael Nadal has helped flood victims in his native Majorca, opening up his tennis academy on the island to the homeless and helping to clear mud and water. "My honest condolences to the relatives of the deceased".

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