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Record rainfall triggers devastating floods in France

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Record rainfall triggers devastating floods in France

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After four days of almost non-stop rain, floods in central and northern France have claimed their first victim. An 88-year-old woman was found drowned in Souppes sur Loing east of Paris.

The River Seine has overflowed its banks in several places swamping roads and forcing people out of their homes.

The town of Nemours, southeast of the capital, has been worst hit with the authorities having ordered the evacuation of around 3,000 people.

In some regions the equivalent of one and a half months of rain has fallen in just three days changing the landscape beyond recognition.

In Paris, City Hall closed roads along the Seine from the Left Bank in the east to the Eiffel Tower in the west, as river levels rose at least 4.3 meters.

And meteorologists say the waters are expected to keep rising for days.

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