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ROME Seven bod­ies were found in a re­gion strad­dling the French-Ital­ian bor­der near Nice on Sun­day af­ter tor­ren­tial rains swept houses and roads away, of­fi­cials in both coun­tries said.

Five of the bod­ies were dis­cov­ered in north­west­ern Italy, in­clud­ing four washed up on the shore be­tween the towns of Ven­timiglia and Santo Ste­fano al Mare, near the French fron­tier. Some of the corpses might have been swept down the coast from France.

Two more were found in France, in­clud­ing a shep­herd found by an Ital­ian search and res­cue team. The other body was found in a ve­hi­cle that had been swept away by flash-flood­ing in the vil­lage of Saint-Martin-Vé­subie.

It brings to nine the num­ber of peo­ple found dead af­ter fierce rains and howl­ing gales lashed the bor­der area on Fri­day. French fire­fight­ers said an­other 21 peo­ple were miss­ing, eight of them known to be as a di­rect re­sult of the storm.

The bad weather caused mil­lions of eu­ros of dam­age, with S\ sev­eral road bridges have been swept away in Italy, and streets in some towns lit­tered with de­bris, mud and over­turned cars.

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