Flood in France and Germany; 10 killed and thousands evacuated


Paris: Following several days of Floods in Germany and France has killed at least 10 people and forced thousands have evacuated from their homes after river banks began flooding, causing heavy damage to property.

The Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris both remain closed to the public today while emergency flood plans to carry some of their precious works to safety are put into action, and the city Metro closed part of its line for safety reasons.

French President Francois Hollande has declared a state of emergency in the worst affected areas, while in Germany the disaster alarm was declared.

Heavy rains across a band of central Europe, stretching from France to Ukraine, have caused chaos as up to 50mm (2ins) of rain was forecast to fall in some regions in the space of a few hours.

The River Seine through the French capital was expected to peak today at six metres (19ft) above its normal level – the highest seen since the 1910 Great Flood of Paris when waters hit 8.6m (28ft) higher.

"The (rise in) water was so quick that practically no residents had the time to run away," police spokesman Armin Angloher said. Forecasters in both France and Germany have warned of more downpours over the next 24 hours.