Body of Diana Dudas, 52, found in town of Vera, Almeria, according to reports, as at least 10 people die after torrential rain
The body of a British woman who went missing during severe flash flooding in Spain, which claimed at least 10 lives, has been found.
Diana Dudas, 52, was reported missing in the town of Vera, Almeria, after torrential rain hit the area.
Her friend Genny Sutcliffe, 56, said Dudas had a Spanish husband, Javier, and had lived in Spain for many years.
She said: "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 said she did not believe Dudas had any children, but had other family living in the UK. She had her own holistic therapy clinic and hairdressers in the town and had just written a book.
Sutcliffe added: "She was absolutely lovely, very warm, very caring and with a great sense of humour. We are absolutely devastated." She said her own home had not been affected by the flooding as she lived on higher ground.
"The devastation in that area is horrendous. I saw a house that had a car that had been swept into its front garden and a car in its back garden;" Sutcliffe said.
A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was looking into the incident and liaising with local authorities.
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes in the Andalucian provinces of Malaga, Almeria and Murcia after heavy downpours.
Those who died included two children who were found drowned in a car in Puerto Lumbreras in Murcia, Spanish radio reported, while it said an elderly man was found dead near the town's cemetery. But five people initially declared missing have been found alive.
Jackie Broad, 58, said her home in Mojacar, Almeria, was too high up to be flooded but she had seen cars washed away by raging torrents of water.
She said: "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."
The heavy rain follows months of drought and soaring summer temperatures that helped trigger thousands of wildfires.