River Seine at highest level in 30 years

PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

Cars were submerged by the Seine river in Paris' northern Asnieres suburb following heavy rain on Thursday. The Seine reached its highest level in three decades yesterday as deadly floods continued to wreak havoc across Europe, with the death toll rising to 14.

Germany has been the worst hit, but there have also been deaths in France, Romania and Belgium, with the French government fearing more bodies will be found when the waters recede.

Emergency flood barriers have been erected along the Seine, and both the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay museums were closed so that artworks could be moved to higher ground.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2016, with the headline 'River Seine at highest level in 30 years'. Print Edition | Subscribe