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Yet more heavy rain and flooding forecast for northern and south west France

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Yet more heavy rain and flooding forecast for northern and south west France
A motorist advances along a flooded road to return home after a rain storm on June 11, 2018, in Tennie, northwestern France. Photo: AFP
11:07 CEST+02:00
France is braced for yet more heavy rains and flooding as swathes of the north and parts of the south west remain on alert.
A total of 22 departments are on orange alert -- the second highest warning -- for heavy rains and flooding by France's national weather agency Meteo France. 
 
The departments on alert are: Aisne, Eure, Eure-et-Loir , Ille-et-Vilaine, Landes, Mayenne, Oise, Orne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrénées, Sarthe, Paris and the area immediately outside the city known as the "Petite Couronne", Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Essonne and Val-d'Oise. 
 
Map: Meteo France 
 
The Tarn-et-Garonne and Gers departments are on alert just for flooding. 
 
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People in these areas are advised to remain vigilant due to the risk of dangerous weather. 
 
The alerts were put in place on Tuesday at around 6 am and are expected to remain in place until Wednesday at 6 am. 
 
So far the heavy rain which has hit France in recent weeks has left destruction in its wake in certain parts of the country. 
 
On Tuesday morning a Paris commuter train partially overturned leaving seven people injured. 
 
Tennie in northwestern France after a rainstorm on June 11th. Photo: AFP
 
And in Mayenne in northwestern France, the authorities evacuated about fifty homes yesterday evening. 
 
The storms have so far caused four deaths including a man drowned in his car in central France and a woman in her nineties who died probably suffering a heart attack while trying to mop up the water in her flooded home.
 
Meteo France estimated the number of lightning strikes in May at 182,000 nationwide, almost double the record figure for the same month previously set in 2009.
 
Photo: AFP
 
The small town of Morlaix in northwestern Brittany was still counting the cost after being submerged on Sunday night when an estimated month's worth of rain fell within half an hour. 
 
Heavy rain, lightning and sometimes hail have hit wine-growing areas in the Bordeaux, Cognac and Champagne regions over recent weeks, causing major damage to crops.
 
Storms have also disrupted play at the Roland Garros tennis tournament in Paris.
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