Death toll from flooding in France rises to 4
View of the flooded banks of the river Seine in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris, Friday, June 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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PARIS: The Latest on the flooding that has affected parts of Europe (all times local):

12:10 p.m.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says the death toll from the flooding across the country has risen to four while 24 people have been injured.

He didn’t give any more details about the additional death, which brings the total death toll across Europe from the flooding in recent days to 17.

After a meeting at a government crisis center Saturday, Valls confirmed the water level of the Seine river is now decreasing “slowly but steadily” in Paris.

Valls also announced several ministerial meetings next week to ensure quick financial help to the people affected.

He stressed urged Paris visitors and residents to “take care to observe safety precautions” since many have been walking along the river banks to observe the rare phenomena.

Nearly a week of heavy rain has led to serious flooding across parts of France, Germany, Romania and Belgium.

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10:00 a.m.

French authorities say the water level of the Seine river in Paris is starting to decrease after reaching its peak overnight, the highest in nearly 35 years.

But authorities warned it could take up to ten days for the river to come back to its normal levels after the flooding that swelled the river to about 4.5 meters (15 feet) above average levels in Paris.

Floods due to heavy rains have inundated parts of France, Germany and Belgium this week.

Over 17,000 homes were still without electricity Saturday in the Paris region and center of France.

Authorities have also shut the Louvre museum, the national library, the Orsay museum and the Grand Palais, Paris’ striking glass-and-steel topped exhibition center.

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