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Spanish prime minister to visit Majorca flood scene

11 October 2018, 02:57 | Henrietta Morgan

Forecasters said around 20cm of rain fell in four hours

Forecasters said around 20cm of rain fell in four hours

There have been at least ten deaths after devastating floods hit Nadal's native island off the coast of Spain.

At least five people were killed as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc on the Spanish island of Mallorca late on Tuesday, emergency services said.

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.

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.

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

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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 the affected area in Majorca, was among the volunteers helping with the cleanup operation.

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

A Balearic Islands' emergency services spokeswoman, who wasn't authorized to be named in media reports, told The Associated Press that the body of a Dutch woman was also recovered from the garage of a house in Arta, another nearby town.

Other victims were found in Arta and the coastal village of S'illot, where the creek that overflowed reaches the sea.

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He said: "My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all the affected by these tragic floods", he said.

Witnesses described having minutes to find safety as the water levels rose, inundating houses and catching motorists off guard. "We had to swim to try to survive".

"As far as I know, I have lost everything", she told an AP camera crew.

"We have lots of vacation homes", Bauza said.

The Spanish weather agency reported around 8in (20.3cm) of rain fell in four hours on Tuesday evening in parts of the island.

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Beachfront structures could be seen collapsing and metal roofing materials were blown away amid the heavy rain. The most likely cause for such sudden changes? In all, more than 400 people died in Florida.

A previous version of this story corrected the spelling of the town to Sant Llorenc, not Sant Lorrenc.



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