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Saturday 19 April 2014

Two killed as floods hit Riviera

A general view taken from a helicopter shows flooded areas near Hyres, southern France, Monday, Dec. 20, 2014. Unusually heavy rains have flooded the French Riviera, leaving two people dead and thousands without electricity or access to roads. The administration for the Var region evacuated some residents and urged others to stay indoors until the waters recede. (AP Photo/ Anne-Christine Poujoulat, Pool)

At least two people have died and thousands left without electricity or access to roads after unusually heavy rain caused floods on the French Riviera.

Local administration officials in the Var region evacuated some residents and urged others to stay indoors until the floodwater recedes.

They said a 73-year-old man was killed in his basement and another man died when his car was washed away. Another man is missing, last seen on his boat.

Dozens of roads were closed across the region, which includes resort towns such as Saint-Tropez and and villages in Provence.

Up to 8in (20cm) of rain was recorded over the weekend at some points, and rivers and streams which feed the Mediterranean flowed into residential areas.

The prime minister was travelling to the area.

AP

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