October 24, 2019 / 10:58 AM / 23 days ago

Floods in southern France have led to three deaths - government

FILE PHOTO: A man walks on the beach in Nice as storms and heavy rain lashed through southern France, October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - Three people have died as a result of this week’s storms and floods in the south of France, the French government said on Thursday.

Storms and heavy rain battered southern France this week, causing flooding strong enough to sweep away cars in some towns in the region.

Across the region, streets and roads were severely damaged and covered with mud, forcing residents to clean up. Blocks of cement were also moved by the force of the flood waters.

France’s national weather authority said on Wednesday that the storms and heavy rains could continue through to Thursday.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Sophie Louet; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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