Rafael Nadal opens sports academy as refuge during deadly Spain flood
At least 10 people are dead in a flash flood of âbiblicalâ proportions in Mallorca â" prompting tennis great Rafael Nadal to open up his sports academy as a refuge, according to reports.
The sudden storm dropped eight inches of rain in Sant LlorenÃ§ and the coastal town of Sâillot in a matter of a few hours, according to BBC News. The town of Sant LlorenÃ§ des Cardassar in the picturesque Balearic Islands, located off the eastern coast of Spain, was ravaged by downpours Tuesday night that caused a riverbank to burst, the Telegraph reported.
Nadal, the 17-time Grand Slam champion who lives a few miles away from the flooded towns, had cots set up at his sports academy in Manacor for those who lost their homes.
âSad day in Mallorca,â the 32-year-old tweeted. âMy sincere condolences to the relatives of the deceased and injured by the severe floods in San Ll orenÃ§. As we did yesterday, we offer the facilities of @rnadalacademy today for all those who need accommodation.â
Six Spanish nationals, a Dutch tourist and a British couple who were trapped in a taxi are among the dead. One other person has not yet been identified.
A woman who had been in a car with her two children died after she managed to push one of them, her 8-year-old daughter, to safety. Her son, 5, is still missing.
Three of the victims died in Sâillot.
The Britons hailed a ride in Sant LlorenÃ§ des Cardassar but the cab, from Radio Taxi Cala Mill, was swept away in floodwaters. The driver is among at least eight people missing.
âThe British victims were travelling in a taxi that was swept away by flash floods. Their bodies were found inside the vehicle,â a spokeswoman for emergency services told the Telegraph.
The UK publication described the devastating flood as âbiblical.â
Photos on social media showed cars c ompletely engulfed in muddy waters and streets that resembled rivers.
One resident, Pedro Caldentey, dodged death by scrambling out his car window and onto a nearby roof, according to BBC News reporter Gavin Lee. Caldentey recorded his car being swept away in the gushing waters.
Videos of the aftermath showed residents banding together to clean up the wreckage with the help of a bulldozer.Source: Google News Spain | Netizen 24 Spain