Rescuers still searching for missing child and two foreigners — MALLORCA FLOODING DISASTER

Rescuers still searching for missing child and two foreigners — MALLORCA FLOODING DISASTER

More than 600 people are working to search and clear the debris after the Balearic island suffered some of the worst flash floods in living memory.

Neither the emergency services, police nor the British Foreign Office were able to confirm this when contacted by AFP.

"Our thoughts also go out to their taxi driver and his family who are coming to terms with their loss as well", their children said.

It's understood almost 100 military staff will join the hundreds of emergency staff working across the islands.

Images posted on social media showed cars being swept along narrow streets by torrents of water.

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"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", it said in a statement.

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visited the disaster zone to speak with victims of the floods, and a minute of silence was held in the Spanish parliament.

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Approximately 50 people had stayed at the academy the previous night.

The floodwaters tore down trees, swept numerous cars and trucks into piles of twisted metal and buried streets under mud. "We had to swim to try to survive".

At least another 12 people were still missing after the downpours, local media reported.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion, now sidelined through injury, has also offered to open up his sports centre and tennis academy to people made homeless by the floods.

Hundreds of displaced residents are seeking shelter in emergency relief centres, while soldiers have been sent to assist the rescue effort, Spanish authorities said.

"It's been a huge storm. we realised that we could not control the water", she said. The flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads.

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

The weather agency, AEMET, said more heavy rainfall is expected Wednesday in eastern and southern parts of the Iberian peninsula.

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