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2 killed after torrential rainfall strikes southeast France

Published : 12 Oct 2018, 01:02

  DF-Xinhua Report

The bank of Seine River is submerged in Paris, France on Jan. 28, 2018. File Photo Xinhua.

At least two people were killed as torrential rains and flooding hit southeast France on Wednesday night, regional authorities announced Thursday.

Two bodies were found in a car that strong floods had swept away in Sainte-Maxime, Var Prefecture confirmed to media reports. The victims were not identified yet, it added.

Rescue operation was underway to seek other four vehicles engulfed by rising water in the southeastern commune. It was not clear if passengers had been onboard, according to the prefecture.

Heavy rains hit southeast France on Wednesday night, with rainfall reported at 210 mm in Sainte-Maxime and 129 mm in Arcs, causing the evacuation of 750 people from two camping sites in Frejus. Sports activities were also suspended in concerned areas.

About 140 rescuers have arrived at the site to search for survivors and help affected population.