Nadal helps clean up after Majorca floods

Flooding in Mallorca Pic Twitter @guardiacivil

All three men had been charged with two crimes of gross negligence manslaughter over the deaths of the British couple as well as other offences relating to injuries suffered by two other victims of the October 21, 2011 flash floods.

Meanwhile at least two people died when several cars were swept away by flash floods triggered by heavy rain Wednesday night in southern France, authorities said.

The Britons, a married couple in their 70s, were travelling in a taxi about 40 miles east of the Spanish island's capital Palma when the vehicle was swept away.

The Spanish military deployed more than 100 emergency workers along with sniffer dogs to help rescue efforts.

After Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's visit to the disaster zone in the island popular with foreigners, King Felipe VI and his wife Letizia were due to visit on Friday, a source at the royal palace told AFP, requesting anonymity.

Pedro Sanchez, a Sant Llorenc resident, said he jumped into his auto when he saw the murky flood water rise.

Officials said other victims included a Dutch woman and the former mayor of a Mallorca district, according to the Daily Mail.

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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.

Witnesses described having minutes to find safety as the water levels rose, inundating houses and catching motorists off guard. "We had to swim to try to survive".

"We are grateful that we are all alive, but we pray for those that have lost their lives to this huge flood", Oliver said.

On Thursday (Friday NZT), around 800 people participating in the clean-up and rescue operations were still looking for the boy. Rivers burst their banks and swamped roads and people's homes - forcing some to take shelter in a sports centre in the nearby town of Manacor.

"This is hardly seen in the islands", Del Campo said.

At least nine people were killed when torrential storms hit the area on Tuesday, with eight inches of rain falling in just four hours.

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