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Clean up underway as France counts flood cost

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Clean up underway as France counts flood cost


The clean up operation from the worst flooding in south-eastern France in more than 180 years is ongoing as the emergency services attempt to recreate basic living conditions for those affected by the disaster.

The number of victims now stands at 25 and the authorities expect that to rise as the flood waters recede.

People hit by the floods are now returning to their homes:

“I am trying to pick up what’s left, just little things, nothing important, my furniture’s gone as are all my documents,” said one woman.

More than 1,400 people were air-lifted to safety and 2,000 more put up in temporary accommodation, while 90,000 homes are without basic services.
More than six-months of rain fell on the Var on Tuesday causing devastation on a huge scale.
President Nicolas Sarkozy is due to visit the area next week as his government decide on an aid plan.

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