Nadal helps clean up after Majorca floods

Five killed in torrential rainstorms in Majorca

Some parts of the island received up to 9in (23cm) of rainfall in a matter of hours on Tuesday evening.

In an emailed statement, the British government's Foreign Office said: "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".

Marks on the walls showed flood waters reached up to a height of at least a metre (three feet).

Emergency services in the archipelago updated information regularly on Twitter, sending out tweets in Spanish, Catalan, English and German in an indication of the prevalence of tourists and foreign residents on the island.

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

Tennis star and local lad Rafa Nadal helps in the clean-up efforts. The biggest numbers came from Germany and Britain.

The missing child had been in a vehicle in Sant Llorenc with his mother, who was one of those killed, a spokesman for the central government's representative in the Balearic Islands said.

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Many more foreigners live in the archipelago.

The 17-time Grand Slam victor also provided shelter at his tennis academy in Manacor for displaced people whose homes were severely damaged by the flash flood.

"Our most honest condolences to the loved ones of the victims of the serious floods in San Llorenc", he wrote.

Local television showed footage of beach umbrellas floating in the sea near S'Illot, one of the affected coastal villages.

"What is most urgent right now is to find missing people and address the concerns of their relatives and all neighbours", Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said during a visit to the disaster zone.

Spain's central government "has taken the first steps to ensure that those affected receive the necessary help as soon as possible", government spokeswoman Isabel Celaa told reporters following a weekly cabinet meeting.

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

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