Rafael Nadal helps with clean-up operation following Majorca flooding

People clear debris as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca

People clear debris as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca

At least ten people have died and it's thought that one child is still missing following a series of devastating floods which swept across the holiday island of Mallorca, in Spain's Balearic Islands.

Bauza told Cadena SER radio that two other victims were local residents, including an elderly woman whose body was found in the basement of her house.

Sant Llorenc, which is about 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of Mallorca's capital, Palma, is where a dry creek overflowed amid heavy downpours, creating a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore trees along the way, according to witness accounts.

The couple, who were in their 70s, are said to have died along with cab driver Juan Sillero when the vehicle was swept away by a torrent of water near the coastal resort of S'Illot.

Local television showed footage of beach umbrellas floating in the sea near S'Illot, one of the affected coastal villages, one man looking at the water with his binoculars to spot any missing people. "This looks like the end of the world".

Heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca Spain
Image Heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca Spain

'Our staff remain in contact with the Spanish authorities who are responsible for responding to the floods, and are ready to assist any other British people who require our help'.

Authorities said 80 soldiers and seven vehicles from the military's emergency unit joined more than 100 rescuers who had been working in the area overnight.

In all, more than 500 people helped with rescue and cleaning up operations, as authorities said the rainstorm was unlike any people could remember. Rivers burst their banks, and swamped homes - forcing some people to take shelter in a sports center in the nearby town of Manacor. The flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads. Spain's AEMET national weather service said that the probability of such an event "is one in a thousand years".

Forecasters said that eight inches of rain fell in four hours.

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