Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Rafael Nadal displays act of kindness after Majorca floods

Rafael Nadal displays act of kindness after Majorca floods

Rafael Nadal has assisted in the clean-up operation after a devastating flood hit his native island of Majorca.

Antonia Bauza, deputy mayor of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, one of the affected villages, told Spanish radio that two British nationals were among the dead.

The floodwaters tore down trees, swept numerous cars and trucks into piles of twisted metal and buried streets under mud.

Two more local people were killed in the town, along with a further victim, who died in the town of S'illot. An elderly woman's body was found in the basement of her house.

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

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"It all happened in less than 10 minutes", an unidentified witness with wet clothes told the public broadcaster TVE.

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.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visited the rescue coordination center, spoke to emergency workers, and offered condolences for the victims. When she finally made it home on Wednesday, all she found was chaos. "This looks like the end of the world". The flooding also affected phone communications and forced the closure of at least seven major roads.

Footage broadcast on Spanish television on Wednesday showed cars being swept away by raging, muddy waters, houses flooded and vehicles piled one on top of the other after the Mediterranean island was pounded with heavy rain in just a few hours.

Tuesday evening's rainstorm was "extraordinarily intense but localized", affecting a narrow stretch of land with heavy rainfall concentrated during a short period of time, said Ruben del Campo, spokesman for national weather agency AEMET.

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