Leicestershire woman missing in Spanish floods

A torrent of water water rushes past a vehicle at Westvale Park, Glencoe, about 10 km (6 miles) from the capital Port-of-Spain Credit: REUTERS/Andrea De Silva

A British woman who went missing in the Spanish floods is 52-year-old Diana Dudas from Leicestershire.

She was reported missing in the town of Vera, Almeria, after torrential rain hit the area leaving at least ten others dead. She had lived in Spain for many years having lived in Loughborough before that.

Torrential rain swept through the southern Spanish regions of Andalucia and Murcia on Friday, washing away cars and forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes.

Diana's sister Sue owns a Tapas takeaway in Loughborough below the flat her sister used to live in. She told Central News that she was in contact with the Foreign Office and denied reports of a body being found.

Among the dead are two children who were found drowned in a car in Puerto Lumbreras in Murcia, and an elderly man who was found dead near the town's cemetery, Spanish national radio reported.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was providing assistance to any Britons affected by the floods.

Jackie Broad, 58, who lives in Mojacar, Almeria, said she had seen cars washed away in the floods.

The river at the bottom of our road has burst its banks. There was a lot of water, in some places up to the roofs of shops and houses. The water has run away now but it's left about a foot of mud everywhere. A lot of the roads are closed so we're having trouble getting around.

A man wades through floodwaters in Bobadilla, near Malaga Credit: Jon Nazca / Reuters

Meanwhile, 35 people were injured when a tornado swept through a fairground and knocked down a Ferris wheel in Valencia on Friday night.

The tornado damaged several rides and cut electricity at the temporary fair set up in the main square of Gandia, officials said.

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