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At least 2 killed as floods hit the French Riviera

Paris, Oct 11 (efe-epa).- At least two people have died in flooding brought on by overnight torrential rain in parts of the French Riviera on the country's Mediterranean coast, authorities said Thursday.

Astrid Jeffrault, a representative from the department of Var, told BFMTV that two bodies were found in an upturned car that had been swept by an overflowing river toward the sea in the Côte d'Azur city of Sainte Maxime, located some 130 kilometers (81 miles) east of Marseille.

It was one of five cars discovered near the city's beach in the aftermath of the storm, although all other vehicles appear to have been unoccupied.

Officials said some 200 liters (52 gallons) of water per square meter fell in the Maures Massif to the north of the coast, which triggered floods further down the hillside.

Four people who climbed onto the roof of a building to escape rising floodwaters in Sainte Maxime had to be rescued by helicopter.

The department of Var has issued weather warnings amid a heightened risk of heavy rains and floods.

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