Five killed in torrential rainstorms in Majorca

Five killed in torrential rainstorms in Majorca

Five killed in torrential rainstorms in Majorca

Emergency services in the Balearic archipelago tweeted that a man and a woman were found near Arta, one of the affected towns, "close to the area" where the auto of a missing German couple had been found.

Trees were torn down as floodwaters swept many cars and trucks into piles of metal and streets were buried under mounds of mud.

Antonia Bauza, deputy mayor of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, the worst-hit town, confirmed that two of the victims were British citizens. The submerged taxi was later found by the civil guard and the bodies were recovered by divers.

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".

"My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all those affected by these tragic floods", said Sanchez. They were on the terrace of a bar in the beach town when it hit and described water streaming down through the streets into the harbour.

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

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

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

"We are grateful that we are all alive, but we pray for those that have lost their lives to this huge flood", Oliver said.

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

Rescue workers and military units from the Spanish mainland were heading to the area which is popular with British holidaymakers. The flooding also affected phone communications and forced the closure of at least seven major roads.

"I know how important Majorca is to Rafa and I have been in touch with him to see if I can help with anything", Federer said in a video message recorded in Shanghai where he is now competing.

Some parts of the island received up to 23 centimeters (nine inches) of rainfall in around four hours on Tuesday evening, national weather authorities reported.

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