World Storms batter southern France, flooding some towns
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BEZIERS, France, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Storms and heavy rain lashed through southern France on Wednesday, causing flooding strong enough to sweep away cars in some towns in the region.
In the city of Argeles-sur-Mer in the Pyrenees-Orientales department, one vehicle ended up wedged on top of a traffic bollard.
Across the region, streets and roads have been severely damaged and covered with mud, forcing residents to clean up. Blocks of cement have been moved by flood water.
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Floods in southeast Niger have forced 23,000 people to flee their homes since early October, officials said Saturday, threatening a new humanitarian crisis in a region already wracked by Boko Haram Islamist violence. Heavy rains have caused the Komadougou Yobe river that flows through the semi-desert Diffa region into Lake Chad to burst its banks, inundating villages, flooding fields and damaging crops. Two villages near the city of Diffa were "completely submerged" and 2,500 households have been forced to move, according to national radio the Voice of the Sahel.Some 400 families were sheltering in a gym in the city, it added.
"I've never seen water rise that fast. I've lived here for 20 years and this is the first time," Jean-Louis, a retiree in Servian, near Beziers, told Reuters TV.
France's national weather authority said storms and heavy rains could continue through to Thursday.
It also said on its website that 12 centimeters (4.72 inches) of rain had fallen in less than three hours in the Bezier area of Herault department.
Rainfall reached 16.5 cm (6.5 inches) in 24 hours in the city of Beziers.
(Reporting by Alexandre Minguez; Writing by Matthieu Protard; Editing by Jan Harvey)
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