Rafael Nadal: Barcelona ace Thiago praises tennis star for Majorca flood help

Rafael Nadal: Barcelona ace Thiago praises tennis star for Majorca flood help

After opening his academy to flood victims, Rafael Nadal volunteered to help clear homes of water and mud. Images posted on social media showed cars being swept along narrow streets by torrents of brown water.

At least 10 people are believed to have died when torrential rain deluged the town of Sant Llorenc, east of the capital, Palma, on Tuesday evening.

A spokeswoman with the regional emergency service said two British nationals and a Dutch woman were among the victims, but she couldn't confirm whether six more people were still missing at midday as local media reported.

Videos shot on mobile phones by local residents showed a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore trees on its way down the streets of the town of 8,000.

"I hardly had any clothes on me as they all got caught on a metal fence when I was swimming", Manuel Torrescusa told the Diario de Mallorca.

"It all happened in less than 10 minutes", a witness told Spanish TV.

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Rescue workers reportedly found the auto submerged and on its side at the mouth of the torrent in S'Illot at 2am (1am BST) on Wednesday.

"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". Before floodwaters dragged her and the boy away, the woman reportedly managed to bring her 7-year-old daughter out of their vehicle, according to unidentified Civil Guard sources quoted by Spanish private news agency Europa Press.

Former municipal mayor Rafel Gili Sastre, 71 was later found dead at his home, the paper said.

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

Nadal invited people affected by the storms to take shelter at his tennis academy before getting out there and helping himself.

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and members of Parliament hold a minute of silence for the victims of heavy rains in the Spanish island of Mallorca at the start of a parliamentary session in Madrid, Spain, October 10, 2018.

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