INTRODUCTION: In France, floods this week disrupted several areas of the country, leaving two people dead and two missing - believed droned.
INTRODUCTION: In France, floods this week disrupted several areas of the country, leaving two people dead and two missing - believed droned. The floods followed heavy rain and caused rivers to burst their banks. Rising waters covered rich farmland in Brittany and eastern regions at the beginning of the week.
SYNOPSIS: The swollen River Loing near Nemours, about 50 miles (80 kilometres) south east of Paris, is typical. This is how it looked on Wednesday (23 February) the day after reports of the flood waters beginning to subside in some parts of the country.
People still needed unusual means of transport to get around in nearby towns and villages.
Even mobile homes didn't escape a soaking as this water-logged caravan park shows. The heavy rain at the weekend (20 February) which caused the flooding was reinforced by a but of unusually mild weather, making mountain snow thaw that much quicker and addict to the already swollen rivers. In Brittany, in the north, eighty patients had to be evacuated from a hospital and the situation was not much better in the south - several streets were flooded in the ancient town of Avignon for instance.
And there has been heavy rain on the normally sunny Cote D'Azur, winter play-ground of the rich. Paris has suffered too - huge traffic jams were expected for most of the week because of flooded main streets near the River Seine.