Floods in Southern Europe: Dead and missing in Spain and Italy

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Media captionThe Italian village of Castelletto d’Orba was hit by a deluge of river water and mud

A body has been found and four people are missing in flooding that has hit parts of north-east Spain.

A woman and her son were inside a mobile bungalow when the River Francolí burst its banks and washed it away.

Flash floods in northern Italy left two people dead on Tuesday and roads in the south of France were blocked as rivers burst their banks.

Parts of Narbonne Plage and Béziers were inundated by floodwater.

Ten departments in southern France were placed on orange alert. Cars were submerged and as the waters of the River Orb rose dangerously beneath a historic bridge in Béziers.

Forecasters said 240mm (9in) of rain had fallen in the past 24 hours, a 50-year record.

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This was the scene at Gruissan, down the coast from Narbonne Plage, on Wednesday

The north-east Spanish region of Catalonia suffered its second period of torrential rain in two months.

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