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Paris floods: River Seine far above danger mark, more rain forecast

Vikas Kumar | Updated on: 3 June 2016, 23:28 IST

Paris is grappling with some of the worst flooding it has seen in decades. Floodwaters continue to rise by the minute, with the river Seine set to hit a peak of 6.5m (21 ft).

On Thursday, 2 June, the Seine rose above the alert level of five metres, sending scores of towns to the east and south of Paris into a tizzy.

AFP PHOTO/Dominique Faget
AFP PHOTO/Dominique Faget
AFP PHOTO/Dominique Faget

More than 5,000 people have been evacuated from towns in central France since the weekend, and 19,000 homes are without power.

The flood alert level in Paris is at yellow, the third highest, but is expected to be upgraded to orange shortly. East of Paris, Seine Et Marne is on red alert, the highest level.

Several other places within the Seine catchment area are at the orange level.

AFP PHOTO/Dominique Faget
AFP PHOTO/Geoffrey Van Der Hasselt
AFP PHOTO/Geoffrey Van Der Hasselt

The world-famous Louvre and Orsay museums have been shut, so that staff can move the priceless artwork to safety.

French President Francois Hollande has declared the situation as a 'natural catastrophe'.

The Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, and interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, visited Nemours, 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Paris, whose town centre has been completely evacuated.

Text: by Sehar Qazi

AFP PHOTO/Joel Saget
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First published: 3 June 2016, 23:28 IST
 
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