British tourists among Majorca flood victims

Heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca Spain

A spokesperson for the Spanish government's office in the Balearic Islands told AFP news agency that nine people died in the floods.

Spain's Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has visited the island today and said in a Tweet: " I want to convey our gratitude to the emergency services, who work tirelessly to serve all those affected".

"My honest condolences to the relatives of the deceased and injured by the severe floods in San Llorenc".

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 water.

Cars piled up after the flood.

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The deputy mayor of the town, Antonia Bauza, confirmed to Cadena SER radio that two of the victims were British, while two others killed in the town were locals.

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Two men were found dead around midday on Wednesday, one in the northeastern town of Arta and another at S'illot further south on the coast.

"It all happened in less than 10 minutes", an unidentified witness with wet clothes told the public broadcaster TVE.

Hundreds of displaced residents are in emergency shelters, and around 80 soldiers are set to join more than 100 rescuers who are working in the area. "This looks like the end of the world".

"We are grateful that we are all alive, but we pray for those that have lost their lives to this huge flood", Oliver said. In all, more than 500 people helped with rescue and cleaning up operations, authorities said.

Rivers burst their banks, and swamped homes - forcing some people to take shelter in a sports center in the nearby town of Manacor. The flooding also affected phone communications and forced the closure of at least seven major roads.

More than 8 inches of rainfall fell in just a few hours on Tuesday morning, according to the Spanish weather company Aemet.

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