Majorca Floods: Two Brits Reported Dead After Heavy Rain Sweeps Island

Forecasters said around 20cm of rain fell in four hours

The two British victims, believed to be a couple, were reportedly in a taxi when they were caught in a flash flood.

A wave of muddy water swept through the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar after a river burst its banks following heavy rain on Tuesday evening. The driver was also killed.

Two British citizens and a Dutch woman were among the victims found Wednesday, one day after the rainfall, a spokeswoman with the regional emergency service said. Their bodies are expected to be identified today.

Cars piled up after the flood.

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Tennis star Rafael Nadal, who hails from the worst hit area in Mallorca, has offered to open up his sports centre and tennis academy to people affected by the floods.

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Around 100 emergency rescue workers, three helicopters and a Hercules transport plane from the Spanish military have been sent from Valencia to help.

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.

"It all happened in less than 10 minutes", an unidentified witness with wet clothes told the public broadcaster TVE. "This looks like the end of the world".

"We have lots of vacation homes", Bauza said.

In Nadal's latest trip back home he was also seen helping to clear mud off the streets.

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In all, more than 500 people helped with rescue and cleaning up operations, as authorities said the rainstorm was unlike any people could remember.

Hundreds of people spent the night in emergency shelters and schools remain closed on Wednesday.

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

A previous version of this story corrected the spelling of the town to Sant Llorenc, not Sant Lorrenc.

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