Briton missing in Spain flash flood

A 52-year-old British woman has been reported missing amid flash flooding in southern Spain which has so far claimed nine lives, authorities have said.

Heavy downpours and resulting high waters had killed five people in the province of Murcia, three in Almeria and one in Malaga, said a spokeswoman for the regional government of Andalucia.

She said the British woman was missing in Almeria, as well as one homeless man. Five people originally declared missing had been found alive.

Thirty-five people were injured when a tornado swept through a fairground and knocked down a Ferris wheel.

Friday's tornado damaged several rides and cut electricity at the temporary fair set up in the main square of Gandia, according to its town hall website. It said 15 of the injured were seriously hurt, all of whom were treated on site.

Local media reported that the fair in Valencia province was closed to the public at the time of a thunderstorm and all the injured were fair workers.

Just inland from the Mediterranean coastal town, four more victims of Friday's flash floods south-west of Gandia were found overnight. They included a middle-aged woman in the town of Lorca. Last summer Lorca was hit by Spain's deadliest earthquakes in more than 50 years, leaving nine dead.

Local media reported that hundreds of citizens had to be evacuated throughout the region.

The flooding disrupted the high-speed train service between Madrid and Valencia and various regional lines, while bridges and roads were also made impassible.

The heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Saturday, with the front moving north toward Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.