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Rain misery for France and Italy

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Rain misery for France and Italy


Torrential rains are continuing to cause misery in Europe.

In all, 11 regions in France were on flood alert including the Var were 750 people have been evacuated.

So far three people have been reported dead – a German living in a van by a river and an elderly couple.

Hundreds of thousands have been affected.

“I’m going to lose everything here,” said one woman looking round her flooded home. “I don’t even know where the water will stop, where it will rise to. It’s a catastrophe.”

Italy has been even worse hit with seven deaths in the port city of Genoa.

The mayor there is facing calls to resign for her handling of the situation – in particular for not shutting schools on Friday when flash floods hit.

In Turin in the industrial north, the biggest river in the country, the Po, is already breaching its banks in certain areas.

And in Naples in the south access to the ruins of ancient Pompeii has been closed and a key football match cancelled as the situation worsens.


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