Foreign tourists among 9 killed in flooding on Spain’s Mallorca island

Frederick Owens
October 11, 2018

At least nine others were reported missing.

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.

Deaths as "catastrophic" storm hits holiday island.

The Foreign Office is "urgently seeking updates" from Spanish authorities after reports that two Britons were killed as Majorca was hit by devastating floods overnight.

The Britons, who were married and in their seventies, were travelling by taxi about 40 miles east of the Spanish island's capital, Palma, when the vehicle was swept away.

Most of the victims were discovered in the town of Sant Llorenc and another in S'illot.

Videos shot on mobile phones by local residents showed a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore trees on its way down the streets of the town of 8,000.

"My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all those affected by these tragic floods", Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted early on Wednesday.

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Cars piled up after the flood.

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

Around 100 emergency rescue workers, three helicopters and a Hercules transport plane from the Spanish military have been sent from Valencia to help.

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 realised that we could not control the water.

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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