Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Rafael Nadal displays act of kindness after Majorca floods

Flooding in Mallorca Pic Twitter @guardiacivil Image Police and emergency services are responding to flooding in Majorca Pic Twitter/@guardiacivil
Faye Gross | 11 October, 2018, 07:26

At least six people have died and nine are thought to be missing.

Two British nationals are among the victims of a devastating flood that hit the popular tourist island of Majorca overnight.

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.

Susan Guile and John Gray jetted out to the Balearic Islands on Sunday (7) for an 11-night holiday.

The UK's Foreign Office said it was "urgently seeking updates" from Spanish authorities, according to the BBC, amidst fears of additional casualties among British nationals.

At least 10 people are believed to have died when torrential rain deluged the town of Sant Llorenc, east of the capital, Palma, on Tuesday evening.

"My honest condolences to the relatives of the deceased and injured by the severe floods in San Llorenc".

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Hundreds of displaced residents are in emergency shelters, and around 80 soldiers are set to join more than 100 rescuers who are working in the area.

Swamped streets and piles of overturned cars, some of them along the guardrails of a major road, were a common sight in Sant Llorenc and other nearby towns on Wednesday.

Spanish lawmakers observed a minute of silence in parliament in memory of the victims.

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

Footage broadcast on Spanish television on Wednesday showed cars being swept away by raging, muddy waters, houses flooded and vehicles piled one on top of the other after the Mediterranean island was pounded with heavy rain in just a few hours.

The Spanish weather agency said more heavy rainfall is expected on Wednesday in eastern and southern parts of the Iberian peninsula.

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