French Riviera flood kills 16 — State of natural disaster announced

Flood damage in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, southeastern France (Boris Horvat/AFP)
Violent storms and flooding in south-eastern France have claimed lives of at least 16 people and left three others missing prompting the official to announce a state of natural disaster in the region.

Heavy rain hit the French Riviera which caused the river Brague to burst its banks, sending water coursing into nearby towns and cities, BBC reported. French Riviera lies on the Mediterranean coast and borders Italy, on Saturday evening.

According to CNN, as much as 180 millimeters (7 inches) of rainfall hit parts of the Alpes-Maritimes district in a span of three hours.

French President Francois Hollande has announced a state of "natural disaster" in the affected region.

Original post: Recent Natural Disasters List October 4, 2015
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