Flash floods along French Riviera kill at least 13, trapped in cars, retirement home

Sudden heavy rains in and around the French Riviera have killed at least 13 people, including some trapped in cars and in a retirement home.

French President Francois Hollande said in a statement that people were found dead in the towns of Cannes, Biot, Golfe-Juan and Mandelieu-la-Napoule in the southeast, not far from Italy. He said the rains Saturday night also caused serious damage.

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the death toll had reached 13 on Sunday morning, including some victims who had been trapped in a parking lot and some in a retirement home. The exact circumstances of the deaths were unclear.

More than 17 centimeters (6.7 inches) of rain fell on the Cannes region in two hours, local radio France Bleu-Azur reported.