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British couple killed in Spanish flash flood

A British couple have died in Spain after being swept away in a flash flood, a government official has said.

The pair, believed to be in their 70s, were hit by a torrent of water at a street market in the town of Finestrat on the Costa Blanca, said Interior Ministry official Jose Perez Grau.

Heavy rain inland caused the torrent to rush downhill into a dip where the market was being held, he said.

Peter Desaunois witnessed the incident and said people had tried to save the couple but could not as there "was so much water, so much mud".

  • 22 Oct 2011
  • From the section UK
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