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France creates emergency fund for people affected by floods

Published 06/06/2016

The banks of the Seine river next to the Bir Hakeim bridge and the Eiffel Tower (AP)
The banks of the Seine river next to the Bir Hakeim bridge and the Eiffel Tower (AP)

France will set up an emergency fund to help people who lost everything after the worst floods in three decades caused the Seine River to burst its banks.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls said, after a government meeting, that a "return to normality will take time" and that "solidarity is called for".

He said the fund will be credited with "several tens of thousands euro" to provide quick help to people with no resources.

About 7,000 French homes remained without electricity on Monday and the Louvre museum will stay closed until Tuesday.

In Paris, several train stations and roads remained closed and emergency crews were pumping water out of a key highway interchange.

At least 18 people died as a result of the flooding in Germany, France, Romania and Belgium.

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