Flash floods on French Riviera kill at least 13

Published: Sunday 4th October 2015 by The News Editor

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Sudden heavy rains in and around the French Riviera have killed at least 13 people, including some trapped in cars and in a retirement home.

French president Francois Hollande said in a statement that people were found dead in the towns of Cannes, Biot, Golfe-Juan and Mandelieu-la-Napoule in the south east, not far from Italy. He said the rains on Saturday night also caused serious damage.

Interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the death toll had reached 13 on Sunday morning, including some victims who had been trapped in a car park and some in a retirement home. The exact circumstances of the deaths were unclear.

More than 17 centimetres (6.7in) of rain fell on the Cannes region in two hours, local radio France Bleu-Azur reported.

Published: Sunday 4th October 2015 by The News Editor

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