Storm In France

France's killer storm a national disaster

ABC March 2, 2010, 8:23 am


A storm that killed at least 47 people in France on the weekend has been officially declared a national disaster.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has visited the storm-battered Atlantic coast, where most of the storm's victims drowned. Others were killed by falling buildings or trees.

About 30 people remain missing.

The Atlantic storm hit the western coasts of France, Portugal and Spain on Sunday, then swept towards Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

France's Prime Minister Francois Fillon declared the storm a national disaster and said money would be allocated to help communities rebuild.

He said the focus would now turn to protecting those left homeless and those threatened by rising waters.

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1 Response Mar 3, 2010

The real news is daunting but Im glad it is being acknowledged