President Hollande: Natural disaster to be declared in France



     President Hollande: Natural disaster to be declared in France

    June 2, Paris: French President Francois Hollande says France is to declare a state of natural disaster in areas worst hit by flooding in recent days.

    The measure frees up funds, with some towns in central France suffering their severest floods in decades. 

    In Paris the Seine continues to rise, prompting the closure of a metro line running through the city centre, reports said.

    Heavy rains across Europe have left at least 10 people dead, most of them in Germany. More downpours are forecast right through the weekend across a band of central Europe from France to Ukraine, with as much as 50mm (2in) of rain falling in some parts in just a few hours.

    After a day of respite on Wednesday in central France, the region is braced for a further rise in already exceptionally high river levels, BBC reported.

    The Loiret department, south of Paris, is on red alert, with seven others one level lower. Nearly 10,000 homes are without electricity.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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