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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 October 2018

Rafael Nadal offers shelter and helps with clean up as devastating flood hits Mallorca

World No 1 invited people affected by the severe storms to take shelter at his tennis academy in nearby Manacor

World No 1 tennis player Rafael Nadal works with residents to clear the mud from their houses after flooding in Sant Llorenc, 60 kilometres east of Mallorca's capital, Palma, Spain. AP Photo
World No 1 tennis player Rafael Nadal works with residents to clear the mud from their houses after flooding in Sant Llorenc, 60 kilometres east of Mallorca's capital, Palma, Spain. AP Photo

Rafael Nadal has assisted in the clean-up operation necessary after a devastating flood hit his native island of Mallorca overnight.

At least nine people are believed to have died when torrential rainstorms deluged the town of Sant Llorenc, about 60 kilometres east of the capital, Palma, on Tuesday evening.

Nadal invited people affected by the severe storms to take shelter at his tennis academy in nearby Manacor and then donned wellington boots to join other volunteers in clearing away mud and water from affected areas.

The website of Spanish newspaper AS posted a video and pictures of the world No 1 offering assistance on his home island.

"Sad day in Majorca," the 32-year-old Spaniard said on Twitter.

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

"As we did yesterday we offer today the facilities of @rnadalacademy for all those who need accommodation."

The deputy mayor of the town, Antonia Bauza, confirmed to Cadena SER radio that two others killed in the area were locals. An elderly woman's body was found in the basement of her house.

People prepare to spend the night at the Manacor's Miguel Angel Nadal sports centre after their houses were evacuated because of torrent overflows, causing three people to die. EPA
People prepare to spend the night at the Manacor's Miguel Angel Nadal sports centre after their houses were evacuated because of torrent overflows, causing three people to die. EPA

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