Three dead, two missing in French floods

28th November 2014, Comments 0 comments

Three people died and two were missing after a heavy storm triggered flash flooding in southeastern France, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Friday.

Helicopters, soldiers and paramilitary police carried out dozens of rescue operations in the rain-lashed region, hit by weeks of successive storms and flooding.

Updating an earlier toll, Cazeneuve said three people had died in the Mediterranean towns of La Londe-les-Maures, Grimaud and Hyeres and "two are missing."

One of the victims was a woman whose body was found next to her car alongside a river, said Pierre Soubelet, the representative of the Var department on the Mediterranean coast. The woman was understood to have been out with her daughter at the time.

"Her daughter has not been found. It is likely that the child has died," he said.

Earlier this month, storms in southern France left six people dead, including a mother and her two small sons, whose vehicle was swept away on a submerged bridge.

© 2014 AFP

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