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6/02/2008

Flooding wreaks havoc

ITALY has declared a state of emergency in the country's north after flooding and mudslides left at least four people, including an infant, dead in heavy rains that have also hit BELGIUM, BRITAIN, FRANCE and GERMANY. In Piedmont, four people were killed in landslides, including a three-year-old child whose body was found yesterday. Schools were closed in the town of Saviglano because of mudslides and 30 people were evacuated from their homes in Demonte. A mudslide at Villar Pelice, near Turin, swept away a house, killing an elderly man inside it. A second person was found dead in a car also caught up in the mudslide. Road tunnels linking France and Italy were closed to trucks for several hours after parts were affected by a mudslide. Several highways were blocked or closed for safety in the Alpine districts of Savoie and Isere. Mudslides and flooding also hit villages and cut secondary roads in eastern France, while other routes were blocked by fallen trees. Streets were turned to rivers of mud in the eastern Belgian city of Liege after a violent storm. Belgian television showed cars swept along in the mud and flooded houses. In Germany, heavy rain and hail caused extensive damage. Image Above: Torrent ... the swollen Arc river at Lanslebourg on the French side of the Mont Blanc and Frejus tunnels linking the country with Italy.
Photo: AFP

The HEAVIEST RAINFALL IN NEARLY 60 YEARS caused flooding and mudslides on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica.
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