30 Sep '14, 9am

#France declares state of natural disaster in 60 flood-hit southern towns

http://www.straitstimes.com/sites/straitstimes.com/files/20140930/AL-montpellier-3009e.jpg A picture taken on Sept 29, 2014 shows flooded streets near the banks of the Lez river in the southern French city of Montpellier in the department of Herault, which was placed under hight flood alert until Sept 30. France on Tuesday declared a state of natural disaster in about 60 southern towns hit by torrential downpours, which also left the Mediterranean city of Montpellier under water. -- PHOTO: AFP http://www.straitstimes.com/sites/straitstimes.com/files/20140930/AL-shelter-3009e.jpg People have a drink offered by the French Red Cross NGO at the Saint Roch railway station in Montpellier, where they have found shelter, early on Sept 30, 2014. France on Tuesday declared a state of natural disaster in about 60 southern towns hit by torrential downpours, which also left the Mediter...

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