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According to new reports, at least 19 people have been found dead following flash floods on the French Riviera.

The death toll rose after two bodies were discovered on October 5. One person remains missing but another was found alive, according to reports.

Violent storms and heavy rain on Saturday evening sent torrents of water and mud through several towns.

A Briton, an Italian woman and a Portuguese man were also among those killed, AFP said.

French President Francois Hollande has announced a state of “natural disaster” in the affected region.

Forecasters have faced criticism over the effectiveness of weather alerts.

The area is estimated to have received more than 10% of its average yearly rainfall in two days alone. Rivers burst their banks, sending water coursing into nearby towns and cities.

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Photo Reuters

Divers found one body in the worst-hit town of Mandelieu-la-Napoule on October 5.

Eight are now confirmed killed there after being trapped in garages when they tried to remove their cars, officials say.

Three elderly people drowned when their retirement home in Biot, near the city of Antibes, was flooded.

Visiting the home on October 4, President Francois Hollande offered his condolences and urged residents to remain cautious, saying: “It’s not over.”

Hundreds of volunteers have been helping clear debris and clean homes affected.

Thousands of homes remained without electricity on October 5 following the floods.

Meanwhile Bernard Giampaolo, director of the Marineland amusement park in Antibes, said three loggerhead turtles were still missing after the enclosures were hit.

He told Nice Matin newspaper that polar bears, orcas and dolphins had survived, although the park was still without power.

Chickens, goats and sheep had been washed away, the newspaper reported.

At least 13 people have been killed and six are missing after violent storms and flooding have hit southeast France, officials said.

Three elderly people drowned when their retirement home near the city of Antibes was inundated with floodwater.

Another five people are reported to have died as they tried to park their cars under shelter and became trapped.

France’s President Francois Hollande has thanked rescuers and expressed the “solidarity of the nation”.

Francois Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve are due to visit the affected regions.

Officials earlier gave the death toll as 13 but this has since been revised. With the worst-hit areas yet to be reached there are fears the toll could rise.French Riviera flooding 2015

Heavy rain hit the French Riviera, which lies on the Mediterranean coast and borders Italy, on Saturday evening, October 3.

The city of Nice is estimated to have received 10% of its average yearly rainfall in two days alone.

The river Brague burst its banks, sending water coursing into nearby towns and cities. Social media pictures showed water gushing down the streets of Cannes.

“Some cars were carried off into the sea,” said mayor Davis Lisnard.

“We have rescued a lot of people, and we must now be vigilant against looting.”

“We have lived through an apocalyptic situation that we have never experience before,” tweeted Eric Ciotti, President of the Alpes-Maritimes department.

The main highway through the area has been closed, trains halted and hundreds of tourists sought shelter at Nice airport overnight. Around 27,000 homes are without power.

Some concertgoers attending a show by rock legend Johnny Hallyday at a venue in Nice had to sleep overnight there after becoming stranded.