Italy and France pounded by heavy rain

The severe weather triggers flooding and landslides.

Last updated: 19 Jan 2014 08:08
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More than 1,000 people have been cut off as landslides block roads in Italy and France [AFP]

Rain has poured over southern Europe over the past few days.

The start of 2014 has been unsettled across the region, but over the past week the rain has turned very heavy.

A number of roads have been blocked by landslides, floods and avalanches in southeast France and northern Italy.

In the Italian region of Liguria, landslides have forced 200 people from their homes and cut off more than 1,000 more.

Both road and rail transport in the region has been badly affected. Parts of the Via Aurelia, the old Roman road connecting

Italy and France, has been closed due to the landslides.

The landslides also caused a train to derail between Andor and Cervo. Fortunately no serious injuries were reported.

The weather is expected to stay unsettled across the region over the next few days, with more heavy rain.


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