Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Flash floods claim six lives in southern France

Terra Daily via Agence France-Presse: Heavy rains triggered flash floods in the mountains above France's southern Cote d'Azur region on Tuesday, killing six people, while at least another three were missing, officials said. Water levels rose by several metres within a short space of time, preventing many from fleeing to higher ground and forcing them to seek shelter on the roofs of their homes.

Three people were killed in the town of Draguignan and a woman in Luc. Her body was left to float in the water raging through the town as rescue workers deemed the currents too strong to attempt a recovery. The other two victims died in Muy and Arcs, the secretary general for the Var region, Olivier de Mazieres, told AFP.

Rescue services were focussing their efforts on helping nearly 900 people trapped in the vehicles, houses or on the roofs of their homes, he added. Helicopters had already airlifted some people to safety….

Marked flood levels of the Vidourle, Sommières, France, shot by Beroesz, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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