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3m Deaths after flash floods in Majorca

Heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca Spain Image Heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca Spain
Noah Ferguson | 11 October, 2018, 12:04

World No.1 tennis player Rafael Nadal has helped in the clean-up after a deadly devastating flood hit his native island of Majorca.

When asked to confirm reports that a British couple were among the fatalities, the UK Foreign Office responded with a statement to Euronews saying: "We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them".

People clean the mud from their houses in Sant Llorenc, the town hardest hit by the downpours located 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of Mallorca's capital, Palma, Spain, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

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

A Foreign Office spokesman said: 'We are supporting the family of two British people following their deaths in Spain, and will do all we can to assist them at this deeply hard time.

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.

The floodwaters tore down trees, swept numerous cars and trucks into piles of twisted metal and buried streets under mud.

Two Britons and two local residents died in Sant Llorenc, the town's deputy mayor, Antonia Bauza, told Cadena SER radio.

"It all happened in less than 10 minutes", an unidentified witness with wet clothes and a blanket over his shoulders told TVE. The flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads.

Spain's Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has visited the island today and said in a Tweet: " I want to convey our gratitude to the emergency services, who work tirelessly to serve all those affected".

Muddy waters rushed down roads, houses were flooded and vehicles piled up on top of each other after the Mediterranean island was pounded with rain in just a few hours, video footage showed.

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

Sanchez was planning to travel to the area later on Wednesday, his office said.

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