The Tragic Story of the Malpasset Dam Disaster

On December 2 of 1959, the Malpasset Dam in southern France collapsed, with the resulting floods leading to the deaths of more than 400 people. It was one of the worst disasters in France’s recent history. The dam, which was built on the Reyran River, a relatively short distance away from the Fréjus and Saint-Raphael area in the Var department. Over a 100 of the victims were children, with dozens of other children being left as orphans after losing their parents in the tragedy. The damage caused by the dam’s collapse came to an equivalent of $68 million, with hundreds of buildings and many hectares of land being obliterated.

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