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Spanish tennis star Nadal holds minute silence for Mallorca flood victims

 Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal (C) and students of the Nadal Sports Center observe a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the flash floods, in Manacor, Mallorca island, eastern Spain, Oct. 11, 2018. EPA-EFE/CATI CLADERA

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal (C) and students of the Nadal Sports Center observe a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the flash floods, in Manacor, Mallorca island, eastern Spain, Oct. 11, 2018. EPA-EFE/CATI CLADERA

Manacor (Spain), Oct 11 (efe-epa).- World number one tennis star Rafael Nadal held a minute's silence at his academy Thursday to pay respect to the 10 people who lost their lives and the three who remained missing following severe flash-flooding on his native Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca.

The 32-year-old sporting icon led the solemn act at his academy in his hometown of Manacor, which is just kilometers from the epicenter of the deadly flash flooding that engulfed the town of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar and nearby villages late Tuesday.

During the tragedy, Nadal opened the doors of his training center to host families displaced by the adverse weather conditions and personally helped with the clean-up efforts the following day.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner was joined for the minute of silence by his uncle, former trainer and director of the academy, Toni Nadal, as well as the tennis player's current coach Carlos Moyá, fellow Mallorcan tennis player Jaume Munar, academy employees and students.

Rescue teams continued their efforts Thursday to locate a five-year-old boy and two German nationals who went missing in the deadly floods.

The missing five-year-old boy was traveling in his family car with his mother and eight-year-old sister when it was swept up by rising floodwater.

The mother was able to save her daughter but lost her own life trying to save her son, according to several witnesses in Sant Llorenç, one of the worst-hit areas, located in the east of the island.

More than 200 people were evacuated from their homes and two were hospitalized as a result of the inundation, which resulted when 232 liters (61 gallons) of water per square meter fell in the space of just two hours late into Tuesday night.

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