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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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