Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Tennis star Nadal helps clean-up operation in flash-flood hit Majorca

Tennis star Nadal helps clean-up operation in flash-flood hit Majorca

Bauza told Cadena SER radio that two other victims were local residents, including an elderly woman whose body was found in the basement of her house.

At least 10 people died, including two Britons, and a boy remained missing on Wednesday (Oct 10) after flash floods hit the Spanish holiday island of Majorca, tearing through village streets and sweeping away cars.

The Foreign Office said in a statement: "We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them".

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.

Rescue workers reportedly found the auto submerged and on its side at the mouth of the torrent in S'Illot at 2am (1am BST) on Wednesday. "We had to swim to try to survive".

"My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all those affected by these tragic floods", Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted early on Wednesday. Angela Alfaro had to spend the night in a shelter because a road section leading to Sant Llorenc had collapsed.

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

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal joined in a minute of silence at his academy in the neighbouring town of Manacor. The Spaniard holds the all-time record of 10 straight years of winning at least one major.

Officials have said more than 600 rescuers and medical staff were at work and that emergency relief centres had been set up in sports halls. In all, more than 500 people helped with rescue and cleaning up operations, authorities said. The flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads.

"This is hardly seen in the islands", Del Campo said.

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.

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