Five killed in torrential rainstorms in Majorca

Five killed in torrential rainstorms in Majorca

Mallorca: Deadly storm ravages Spain's popular tourist destination

Rescue workers searched desperately Thursday for a five-year-old boy and two Germans still missing on Spain's holiday island of Majorca after flash floods tore through streets and swept away cars, killing 10 people.

A spokesman for the Guardia Civil police said the bodies were found near Arta, one of the affected towns.

Witnesses said that within minutes a rush of water and mud from an overflowing creek had buried cars and torn down trees.

The Spaniard sprung into action after the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, about 60 kilometres east of the island's capital Palma, was devastated by the rainstorm.

The confirmed victims are the German couple, a British couple, an 80-year-old Dutch woman and six Spanish citizens, according to the regional emergency service.

At least another nine people were still missing after the downpours, El Pais and other media reported, though emergency services said they could not confirm that figure. She reportedly managed to pull her seven-year-old daughter out of their auto before she and her son were dragged away.

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In just two hours, some 180 litres of rain fell and we realised that we could not control the water.

Swamped streets and piles of overturned cars, some of them along the guardrails of a major road, were a common sight in Sant Llorenc and other nearby towns on Wednesday.

Nadal was also spotted assisting with clean-up efforts on the Spanish island, which drew praise from Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Heavy rains have fallen last night on the very touristic island of the Balearic islands, causing a sudden rise of the waters.

"A big hug and friendly regards to Rafa and well done amigo for helping out", the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion said.

After Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's visit to the disaster zone in the island popular with foreigners, King Felipe VI and his wife Letizia were due to visit on Friday, a source at the royal palace told AFP, requesting anonymity.

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