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Two dead and 24 missing after floods in France and Italy

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Record rain in mountainous region destroys bridges, blocks roads and cuts off communities

Flooding from record rains in a mountainous region ofFranceand Italy has killed two people in Italy and left at least 24 people in the two countries missing.

A storm that moved overnight across south-eastern France and then northernItalycaused flooding on both sides of the border, destroying bridges, blocking roads and isolating communities.

In Italy’s northern region of Val d’Aosta, a firefighter was killed during a rescue operation. In Vercelli province, a body was found near to where a man had been swept away by flood waters late on Friday.

People clean up after flooding in Ventimiglia, northern Italy.Photograph: Federico Scoppa/AFP/Getty Images

Sixteen people were reported missing in Italy, all but one of them travellers in cars on the Col de Tende high mountain pass between France and Italy, according to civil protection…

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By Sabastian Omondi

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