Rescuers still searching for missing child and two foreigners — MALLORCA FLOODING DISASTER

Silvia Morton
October 12, 2018

Tennis star and local lad Rafa Nadal helps in the clean-up efforts.

The confirmed victims are the German couple, a British couple, an 80-year-old Dutch woman and six Spanish citizens, according to the regional emergency service.

A woman who had been in a auto with her two children died after she managed to push one of them, her 8-year-old daughter, to safety.

Authorities on the popular tourist island said 10 people, three of them foreigners, died when torrential rain deluged the region around the town of Sant Llorenc, about 40 miles east of the capital Palma.

More than 300 personnel from the Spanish military's emergency rescue unit are in Mallorca, along with specialist vehicles and helicopters.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who visited the island, announced that Sant Llorenc would be declared a disaster zone. The latest discoveries bring the death toll to 12 people. A tenth victim was found later, emergency services said on Twitter.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion, now sidelined through injury, has also offered to open up his sports centre and tennis academy to people made homeless by the floods.

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Authorities said the rainstorm was unlike any people could remember.

Witnesses told how they had minutes to get to safety as the water levels rose.

The Foreign Office said it was supporting the families of two British people killed in the floods. "We had to swim to try to survive".

Another resident, Tomas Oliver, cleaned his house as he celebrated that all the damage in his household had been material. The flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads.

"This is hardly seen in the islands", Del Campo said.

At least 10 people were killed when flash floods swept through the narrow streets of St. Llorenc on Tuesday, Oct. 10, after about 8 inches of rain fell in four hours and a river burst its banks.

"Our most honest condolences to the loved ones of the victims of the serious floods in Sant Llorenc", the athlete communicated through social media.

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