Five killed in torrential rainstorms in Majorca

Five killed in torrential rainstorms in Majorca

Mr Green, 77, and his wife, 75, were being driven to a hotel in Cala Bona when they were caught in the floodwaters, newspaper Diario de Mallorca reported.

Spain's weather agency said up to 22 centimeters (8.7 inches) of rain fell within four hours, triggering flash floods in the island.

"I took refuge on the roof of a neighbour's house where I stayed for awhile", he told AFP, adding that he watched as his auto was swept away by the current.

Sant Llorenç des Cardassar (Spain) (AFP) - Rescue workers found the bodies of a man and a woman on Thursday on Spain's holiday island of Majorca, bringing to 12 the death toll from flash floods that tore through streets and swept away cars.

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.

He told The Telegraph: "We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them".

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The vehicle was submerged and on its side at the mouth of the torrent in S'Illot on Wednesday.

"It all happened in less than 10 minutes", an unidentified witness with wet clothes and a blanket over his shoulders told TVE.

Rafel Gili Sastre, 71, a former municipal mayor, was later found dead at his home, the paper said. 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 deployed in the area on Wednesday.

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.

"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.

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