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British woman dead after flash floods kill ten in southern Spain

PUBLISHED: September 28, 2012 at 10:39 am  •  LAST EDITED: October 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm
Almeria, Andalucia, Lead, Malaga  •  12 Comments

British woman dead after flash floods kill ten in southern Spain

• Scenes in Villanueva del Rosario earlier today

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THE body of a British woman who was reported missing after severe flash floods struck southern Spain has been found, according to a friend.

Diana Dudas was reported missing in the town of Vera, Almeria, after torrential rain hit the area, leaving at least ten people, three of them children,  dead.

The worst hit areas were in the provinces of Málaga and Almería, and the Murcia region.

Further north, a tornado hit the town of Gandia, causing severe damage to the fairground in the town square, knocking down the ferris wheel and cutting the electricity supply. The fair had been closed to the public, and local reports said the 15 seriously injured were all fairground workers.

And a woman in her 80s died following heavy rainfall and flooding in Malaga.

The victim drowned in her home in Alora after a rainstorm caused a torrent of water to gush through the town.

Her husband and 11 others were rescued from the area.

In Villanueva del Rosario, the deluge was so strong it managed to overturn cars.

Others were evicted from their homes in Sierra de Yeguas and Cartama, with 300 helped out of their homes in Antequera.

In all, 300 emergency workers are assisting residents across the province.

While it was originally reported that 8,000 people had been evacuated, the Junta de Andalucia later said these figures were released by accident.

Meanwhile an airplane destined for Malaga was diverted to Sevilla because it was raining too heavily.

Malaga remains on red alert (extremely high risk), with some areas exeriencing up to 245 litres of water per square metre the first half of today.

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terry jones

September 28th, 2012 8:22 pm

Villanueva del rosario neighbours Alora . I dont think so . I wouldnt like to walk it in the rain anyway .


September 29th, 2012 12:06 am

Quite Terry!

terry jones

September 29th, 2012 2:51 am

sheila where do you live?


September 29th, 2012 8:51 am

Villanueva del Trabuco but in the high part of the village so we weren’t flooded.

terry jones

September 29th, 2012 4:54 pm

so we aren’t neighbours then ? I luckily chose a house away from the river when I bought in spain 11 yrs ago but it is terrible whats happened to the people close to the river . Surprising the Olive Press news pushes this terrible story down the page in favour of Beckham’s non purchase rumours of Malaga CF???

paul coulthard

September 29th, 2012 7:51 pm

Should that not be (245) millimetres of rain? water rather than litres ?

Dan Gliballs

September 30th, 2012 5:12 pm

245 litres per square metre is the same as 245 mm.


October 2nd, 2012 1:46 pm

I’m travelling to Malaga on Oct, 7th for one week for my honeymoon at Hotel at “Sancha de Lara 3
Málaga, 29015-Spain”
I heard there are floods, is it safe? Could you provide me with the situation right now ??
please I need help urgently.
Thanks in advance.


October 2nd, 2012 4:15 pm

Mira, that is dead centre of Malaga, almost in the port. No floods there. Mostly inland Spain was affected.


October 2nd, 2012 5:00 pm

Excuse me what do you mean by Mostly inland Spain was affected?


October 2nd, 2012 8:53 pm

Mira, er, “inland Spain” is an area of Spain that exists further inland than the coast. The recent storms passed over Andalucia, Murcia and Almeria. Inland villages were the worst places effected, with many thousands of people evacuated.

Do you really not understand the difference between inland and coastal Mira? lol.


October 3rd, 2012 10:17 am

Fred, Thanks for clarifiation

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