Friday 9 December 2016

Man, 77, dies as car swept away in France floods

Published 07/06/2016 | 19:36

A boy fishes in the Seine river during floods in Paris (AP)
A boy fishes in the Seine river during floods in Paris (AP)

A 77-year-old man trapped on a flooded road in a severe thunderstorm has drowned in his car in northern France, the fifth victim of days of flooding around France.

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The man died after taking a road inundated by quickly rising floodwaters that swept his car away, Etienne Desplanques, from the administration of the Pas de Calais region, told BFM-TV.

The death highlighted the severity of the storm, which required hundreds of interventions by rescue workers in the region.

At least 19 people have died in flooding across Europe.

In Paris and elsewhere, people are digging out but watchful. The saturated ground means fresh rain can quickly spell more trouble.

The Seine river's levels peaked on Saturday in Paris but remain more than three metres (10ft) above normal.

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