Spain: Heavy rains, floods kill at least five in Mallorca

Forecasters said around 20cm of rain fell in four hours

Forecasters said around 20cm of rain fell in four hours

At least nine people have been killed and several others are missing after torrential rain lashed the Spanish island of Mallorca.

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

MADRID-Torrential rainstorms caused flash flooding on the Spanish island of Mallorca, killing at least six people and leaving nine others missing on October 10, authorities said.

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal works with residents to clear the mud from their houses after flooding in Sant Llorenc, 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of Mallorca's capital, Palma, Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

The emergency services went on to say three of the victims were found in Sant Llorenç and Son Carrió and two each in Artà and s'Illot.

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

Images posted on social media showed cars being swept along narrow streets by torrents of brown water.

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Cars piled up after the flood.

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Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visited the rescue coordination center, spoke to emergency workers, and offered condolences for the victims. "We had to swim to try to survive".

A sports centre - the Miguel Ángel Nadal sports centre in the town of Manacor - has opened its doors to give shelter to local people whose homes have been damaged. The flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads.

Spain's weather agency said up to 22 centimeters (8.7 inches) of rain fell within four hours, triggering flash floods in the island.

He was planning to travel to the area later on Wednesday, his office said.

Spanish lawmakers observed a minute of silence in parliament in memory of the victims.

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