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Heavy flooding hits France, Germany and Belgium


Floods have ravaged parts of France, Germany and Belgium, killing at least six people and trapping thousands in homes and cars, as rivers have broken their banks from Paris to Bavaria.

French residents forced to leave

For the second day, emergency workers forced residents out of the town of Nemours, about 80 kilometres south of Paris, the hardest-hit site in France.

More rain in the forecast …

And it isn’t over — more rain is forecast for the coming days in some regions, and authorities in the French capital predict the Seine River won’t reach its peak until Friday.

Angela Merkel promises relief for flooded areas

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, meanwhile, told reporters in Berlin on Thursday that she “mourns for those for whom the help has come too late, who lost their lives.”

She says disaster relief is now on hand to help control the floods and rebuild damaged areas.

Body of 5th victim found in Germany

German police say they’ve found the body of a fifth victim in the town of Simbach am Inn. No further details were given. The bodies of three other people were found in the same town on Wednesday evening.

In nearby Julbach, the body of a woman was also found in a stream on Wednesday.

In Germany, the flooding has been worst in the south along the Austrian border. This aerial view shows the flooded streets and extensive damage in the southern German town of Simbach am Inn on Thursday.

CBC with files from AP.

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