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Torrential rain kills at least one on France's Reunion island

By AFP

January 29, 2024 07:41 PM


 

One motorist was killed and another was missing as torrential rains on France's Indian Ocean island of Reunion transformed roads into rivers and swept away cars, police said Monday.

Early Monday, a driver was swept away by floodwater as he drove along a road in the village of Petite-Ile in southern Reunion. He was found dead in his vehicle.

On Sunday, a car carrying several people was washed away in Saint-Louis, also in the south of the island.

While the passengers escaped unharmed, the driver, a doctor, was unable to get out of the vehicle. A search was underway to locate him.

Schools in nine communities in the south were closed on Monday.

Two weeks ago Reunion was hit by a devastating storm, Cyclone Belal, which left four people dead and caused significant damage.


AFP


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