One dead, three missing in French floods

2014-11-28 07:24
A police officer checks the fences in western France, as flood season approaches. (David Vincent, AFP)

A police officer checks the fences in western France, as flood season approaches. (David Vincent, AFP)

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Paris - A woman died on Thursday and three other people were missing after a heavy storm triggered flash flooding in southeastern France, the government said.

The woman's body was found next to her car by the side of a river, said Pierre Soubelet, the representative of the Var department on the Mediterranean coast. The woman was understood to have been out with her daughter at the time.

"Her daughter has not been found. It is likely that the child has died", he said.

According to witnesses two more people had fallen into the river, he added.

Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve gave a toll of "one dead and three people missing" late on Thursday.

In the village of La Londe, in the same area, divers were searching a river after witnesses said a car had been washed away.

Earlier this month, storms in southern France left six people dead, including a mother and her two small sons whose vehicle was swept away on a submerged bridge.
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