Flooding Leads to 4 Deaths, Closing of Tourist Spots in Europe
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Thanks to almost a week of heavy rain, tourists in Paris have not been able to visit all the sights they would normally see.
Authorities have closed popular tourist attractions such as The Louvre museum, Musée d'Orsay and the national library, NBC News reported. They have also shut down several railway and subway stations in the city center. Flooded roads have caused traffic problems in and around Paris.
The flooding has left four people dead and 24 injured throughout France, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said after a meeting at a government crisis center Saturday, according to NBC. Flooding across parts of France, Germany, Romania and Belgium has left 17 people dead across Europe.
The water level of the Seine river in Paris has gradually begun to decrease; however, authorities told NBC that it could take 10 days for the river to return to a normal level. The water level of the Seine is about 15 feet above average, its highest level in almost 35 years.
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In addition to the massive flooding over the past several days, worker strikes and terrorist attacks have also threatened the economy in France this year.
The number of tourists visiting the country fell 8 percent in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, CNN Money reported.
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