France, Germany and Austria hit by fatal flash floods

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Published on: June 2, 2016

The Guardian / Agence France-Presse / 02 June 2016

German flood 2016 06Bodies found of people trapped in houses, villages flooded and roads wrecked, with forecasters warning of more downpours and rising waters in coming days

At least four people have been killed in flash floods caused by heavy rain lashing France, Germany and Austria.

The flooding cut roads, stranded people on rooftops and forced schools to close their doors. Weather forecasters have warned of more rain and rising waters ahead.

Three people who had been trapped in a house at Simbach am Inn in southern Germany were found dead, local authorities said, and police warned several other people could be on the ground floor of the building.

The body of an 86-year-old woman was found in her flooded house in Souppes-sur-Loing in central France, parts of which have been hit by the worst flooding in more than 100 years.

In France’s Loire Valley, water pooled in front of the Chateau de Chambord, a 16th century Renaissance castle.