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Floods sweep France

BY DISASTER NEWS NETWORK | BALTIMORE | September 10, 2002

At least 26 people died from flooding in southern France. By Tuesday, two days of torrential rains came to an end and residents began searching for more than a dozen missing people.

More than 1,000 people were evacuated from the Herault, Vaucluse and Gard departments , bridges were swept away, electricity was cut, and transportation was halted as roads and rail lines were deluged by flood water. Several rivers in the region overflowed, and in the village of Aramon, rescue workers were inundated by water when a dike burst.

Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin promised about $9.8 million in relief funding for the region, and the European Union proposed sending $492 million from an EU disaster fund created to respond to the destructive European floods earlier this summer.


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