10 dead in torrential flooding on Spain’s Mallorca island

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Así se desbordó el torrente en Sant Llorenç des Cardassar Mallorca

Two Britons and two local residents died in Sant Llorenc, the town's deputy mayor, Antonia Bauza, told Cadena SER radio.

World No.1 tennis player Rafael Nadal has helped in the clean-up after a deadly devastating flood hit his native island of Majorca.

Spain's meteorological office said the neighbouring islands of Ibiza and Formentera were now on high alert as the rain and storms moved there.

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 auto was swept away.

Two British citizens and a Dutch woman were among the victims found Wednesday, one day after the rainfall, a spokeswoman with the regional emergency service said.

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

Witnesses described having minutes to find safety as the water levels rose, inundating houses and catching motorists off guard.

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Rescue workers and military units from the Spanish mainland were heading to the area which is popular with British holidaymakers. "We had to swim to try to survive".

Earlier on Wednesday, Nadal said on Instagram he was offering to open up his sports centre and tennis academy to people made homeless by the floods.

Spain's Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has visited the island today and said in a Tweet: " I want to convey our gratitude to the emergency services, who work tirelessly to serve all those affected". The flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads.

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

Weather authorities said more heavy rainfall was expected Wednesday in the Balearic Islands as well as eastern and southern parts of the Iberian peninsula.

The Spanish parliament held a tribute to the victims in the form of a minute's silence.

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