Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Spain: Heavy rains, floods kill at least five in Mallorca

Spain: Heavy rains, floods kill at least five in Mallorca

Nadal invited people affected by the severe storms to take shelter at his tennis academy in nearby Manacor and then donned boots to join other volunteers in clearing away mud and water from affected areas.

Between five and 20 people are still thought to be missing after the downpours, local media reported.

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

People walk along the damaged waterfront after a storm on the island of Mallorca, Spain, on October 10, 2018.

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.

The Spaniard sprung into action after the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, about 60 kilometres east of the island's capital Palma, was devastated by the rainstorm.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visited the rescue coordination center, spoke to emergency workers, and offered condolences for the victims.

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

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

Public broadcaster TVE showed footage of flooded streets and overturned cars along the guardrails of a major road.

At least three towns closed schools and hundreds of people were sheltered in sport facilities and a local horse racing track, authorities said.

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

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

"It all happened in less than 10 minutes", a witness told Spanish TV.

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