At least 12 dead in southwestern France flooding

Flash floods that tore by means of a number of cities in southwest France following an in a single day storm killed at least 12 individuals, authorities mentioned Monday.

Some residents needed to be helicoptered from rooftops because the equal of a number of months of rain poured down in a couple of hours and turned waterways into raging torrents.

Initially, the French Inside Ministry reported 13 deaths from the floods in the Aude area. French officers lowered the quantity to 10 later, saying some victims had been counted twice. The Inside Ministry and Aude officers put it at 12 after two extra our bodies have been recovered in the cities of Trebes and Carcassonne.

At least six of the deaths occurred in Trebes, Mayor Eric Menassi mentioned. Eight individuals have been injured all through the affected area and one individual was lacking as of late Monday.

A person makes use of a digger Monday to take away a automotive out of water resulting from heavy rain and a violent storm that hit Aude in Villegailhenc, France. (Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA-EFE)

Within the city of Villegailhenc, witness Ines Siguet mentioned the waters rose so rapidly that individuals have been stranded on the roofs of their houses, which is why a helicopter was used. She posted video of a ripped-up street the place a bridge was once, torn away by a flood torrent that minimize the city in half.

“There’s nothing left. There’s only a gap,” the 17-year-old resident informed The Related Press. “It was very violent.”

Faculties closed, roads minimize off

Different roads additionally have been flooded, leaving the city minimize off, she mentioned. Her college was shut down amid the destruction. Two individuals have been killed in the city, in keeping with the Aude regional authorities.

Alain Thirion, the prefect of Aude, mentioned among the dead appeared to have been swept away by floodwaters. Within the city of Conques-sur-Orbiel, the river rose by greater than six metres, he mentioned.

Folks cleaned up from homes and companies following the heavy rains that noticed rivers bursting banks in Villegailhenc. (Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Photos)

Floodwaters have been in some circumstances too highly effective for emergency providers to get by means of, even on boats, he mentioned.

Tv photographs confirmed waters coursing by means of cities and villages, with automobiles stranded in the floods and piled up on one another like youngsters’s toys.

The French authorities rushed tons of of rescue employees into the flood zone and helicopters buzzed overhead. Authorities urged individuals to remain house.

Trebes in the Aude division is proven in southwest France, the realm the place a lot of the fatalities occurred. (Google)

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