Rafael Nadal's incredible gesture for flood victims

EL MUNDO 
Así se desbordó el torrente en Sant Llorenç des Cardassar Mallorca

EL MUNDO Así se desbordó el torrente en Sant Llorenç des Cardassar Mallorca

People walk along the damaged waterfront after a storm on the island of Mallorca, Spain, on October 10, 2018.

At least nine people are believed to have died in torrential rainstorms on the island of Majorca.

The British couple were reportedly in a taxi when they were caught in a flash flood in the town.

Footage broadcast of the floods showed cars being swept away by the rampaging flood waters and many people remain trapped in their homes following the heavy rain which hit the region.

Antonia Bauza, the deputy mayor of Sant Llorenc, confirmed two of the victims were British nationals.

"We are supporting the family of two British people following their deaths in Spain, and will do all we can to assist them at this deeply hard time", Britain's Foreign Office said in a statement.

Two more bodies were recovered in the town of S'illot, an emergency services spokeswoman who wasn't authorized to be named in media reports told The Associated Press.

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

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Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is from the affected area in Majorca, was among the volunteers helping with the cleanup operation. "We had to swim to try to survive".

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called news of the flooding "devastating " on Twitter: "My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all the affected by these tragic floods".

Nadal first offered rooms at his tennis academy to victims who had been left without a place to stay.

"As far as I know, I have lost everything", she told an AP camera crew.

Rescue workers and military units from the Spanish mainland were heading to the area which is popular with British holidaymakers.

Another resident, Tomas Oliver, cleaned his house as he celebrated that all the damage in his household had been material.

At least three towns closed schools and hundreds of people were sheltered in sports facilities and a local hippodrome, authorities said.

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

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