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Spain Floods: Body Of Missing Briton Found
The body of a British woman who went missing amid severe flash floods in 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 10 others dead.
The 52-year-old had a Spanish husband, Javier, and had lived in Spain for several years.
She ran her own holistic therapy clinic and hairdressers in the town and had just written a book.
Her friend, Genny Sutcliffe, said she was "absolutely devastated". "I was told that her body was found washed up in the lagoon.
"I'm not sure exactly when it was that she went missing, but the heavy rain started on Thursday night."
She added: "She was an absolutely lovely, very warm, very caring and with a great sense of humour. We are absolutely devastated."
Mrs Sutcliffe, 56, said her own home had not been affected by the flooding as she lived on higher ground.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said it was looking into the matter and liaising with local authorities.
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes in the Andalusia and Murcia regions in southern Spain.
Some evacuees have begun to return home to clear up the mess with the help of local authority workers.
Almeria and Malaga are among the hardest hit provinces.
Forecasters say the heavy rain is moving east and will eventually head northwards toward Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.
It follows months of virtual drought and soaring summer temperatures all over Spain that triggered thousands of wildfires.
Elsewhere, a tornado swept through a fairground in the main square of Gandia, in Valencia, in eastern Spain, injuring 35 people.
The twister flattened a ferris wheel, damaged several other rides and cut electricity.
The injured were all working on the temporary funfair which was closed to the public at the time, according to local media reports.
On the beach at El Saler, near Valenica, two cargo ships have run ashore and the ports of Valencia and Sagunto were temporarily closed on Saturday.