Floods near Riviera leave at least 19 dead

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 16, 2010 21:03

DRAGUIGNAN, France — At least 19 people were killed in flash floods that hit the back hills of the French Riviera on Wednesday and turned streets into rivers of surging, muddy water, officials said.

There was confusion about how many people were missing in the flooding that washed over picturesque towns and left them standing in yards of brown water, a press officer at the local Var region prefecture said. But probably at least 12 people were unaccounted for, the official said on condition of anonymity in keeping with her job's regulations.

Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux, visiting the region, said the death toll "unfortunately, may climb."


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