Floods kill at least ten on the Spanish island of Mallorca

Floods kill at least ten on the Spanish island of Mallorca

Rafael Nadal has taken time out of his busy tennis schedule to return home and help his fellow Spaniards after the island of Majorca was hit by flash flooding.

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

"As we did yesterday we offer today the facilities of @ rnadalacademy for all Those Who Need accommodation".

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted his "solidarity and support for the relatives and friends of the victims, and for all those affected by this tragic flooding".

Images posted on social media showed cars being swept along narrow streets by torrents of water.

Local television showed footage of beach umbrellas floating in the sea near S'Illot, one of the affected coastal villages, one man looking at the water with his binoculars to spot any missing people.

Nadal's state-of-the-art academy opened in June 2016 and is in his home town of Manacor.

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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.

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.

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is from Mallorca, helped residents clear mud from their houses in Sant Llorenc.

A minute's silence has been held by the Spanish parliament to remember the victims.

Hundreds of displaced people are now being forced to shelter in emergency accommodation.

"In just two hours, some 180 litres of rain fell and we realized that we could not control the water", she said.

Weather authorities said more heavy rainfall was expected Wednesday in the Balearic Islands as well as eastern and southern parts of the Iberian peninsula.

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