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Deadly flooding inundates parts of France, Germany and Belgium

Floods have trapped thousands in homes and cars as rivers burst their banks from Paris to Bavaria.

French President François Hollande says a natural disaster will be formally declared next week

Floods have ravaged parts of France, Germany and Belgium, with several dead and thousands of people trapped in their homes and cars. (Jacky Naegelen/Reuters)

Floods have ravaged parts of France, Germany and Belgium, killing at least six people and trapping thousands in homes and cars, as rivers have broken their banks from Paris to Bavaria.

French residents forced to leave

For the second day, emergency workers forced residents out of the town of Nemours, about 80 kilometres south of Paris, the hardest-hit site in France.

(Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

Waters rise to levels not seen since 1910

French firefighters use a small boat to remove people from a flooded area after heavy rainfall in Montargis, near Orleans on Thursday. (Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

In France, authorities say areas along the Loing River, a tributary of the Seine, had seen waters rise to levels unseen since 1910, when a massive flood swamped the French capital.

(Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

More rain in the forecast ...

And it isn't over — more rain is forecast for the coming days in some regions, and authorities in the French capital predict the Seine River won't reach its peak until Friday.

(Jerome Delay/Associated Press)

... But life goes on

(Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

This man brought French baguettes to his mother's flooded house on Wednesday while the couple below exchanged a kiss above high waters along the Seine River in Paris.

(Charles Platiau/Reuters)

Angela Merkel promises relief for flooded areas 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, meanwhile, told reporters in Berlin on Thursday that she "mourns for those for whom the help has come too late, who lost their lives."

(Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

She says disaster relief is now on hand to help control the floods and rebuild damaged areas.

(Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

Body of 5th victim found in Germany

German police say they've found the body of a fifth victim in the town of Simbach am Inn. No further details were given. The bodies of three other people were found in the same town on Wednesday evening. 

In nearby Julbach, the body of a woman was also found in a stream on Wednesday.

(Daniel Scharinger/EPA)

Southern Germany hit hard

(Matthias Schrader/Associated Press)

In Germany, the flooding has been worst in the south along the Austrian border. This aerial view shows the flooded streets and extensive damage in the southern German town of Simbach am Inn on Thursday.

(Tobias Hase/Associated Press)

With files from The Associated Press


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