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Flash floods in France leave a trail of death and destruction

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By Euronews  with REUTERS, AFP
Flash floods in France leave a trail of death and destruction

<p>France has been left in shock after the deaths of at least 16 people in flash floods on the Riviera coast.</p> <p>There is a warning the death toll may rise, as a number of people are also missing.</p> <p>Roads became rivers when 180 mm of rain fell in three hours on Saturday night. The region has had the equivalent of a month’s rainfall in just two days.</p> <p>“There are five people missing,” one woman told reporters,“they went down the road to get their cars and they never came back.”</p> <p>The extent of the devastation only became clear at first light. Some were trapped when the floodwaters laid waste to campsites in the area.</p> <p>Hundreds of people spent the night on trains stranded in stations. The main east-west line has been closed.</p> <p>Others were forced to shelter in the terminal at Nice Airport.</p> <p>Police reinforcements have been drafted in to maintain law and order.</p>