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World France and Italy step up rescue efforts after floods

16:16  04 october  2020
16:16  04 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Several people are still missing after a storm caused massive flooding in France and Italy . France has declared the affected region a natural disaster zone. Rescue efforts were concentrated on the Roya Valley in France near the Italian border, where some 1,000 firefighters resumed their search

French and Italian rescue services stepped up search efforts Sunday after floods cut off several villages in the mountainous border regions, causing Storm Alex barrelled into France 's west coast on Thursday, bringing powerful winds and rain across the country before moving into northern Italy .


Video: Damage in Breil-sur-Roya, after France is battered by storm and floods (AFP)


French and Italian rescue services stepped up their search efforts on Sunday after floods cut off several villages near the two countries' border, causing widespread damage and killing two people in Italy.

a waterfall with trees on the side of a river: Eight people are still missing in France © NICOLAS TUCAT Eight people are still missing in France a stone building that has a person sitting on a rock: A man in Italy's Piedmont region surveys the damage outside his property after a mudslide brought on by the brutal weather © Vincenzo PINTO A man in Italy's Piedmont region surveys the damage outside his property after a mudslide brought on by the brutal weather

Eight people remained unaccounted for on the French side of the border after storms, torrential rain and flash floods battered the area, washing away roads and houses, cutting off entire villages and triggering landslips.

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French and Italian rescue services stepped up their search efforts after floods cut off several villages near the two countries' border, causing Two people died in Italy and eight were missing in France on October 3 after storms, torrential rain and flash floods battered the border area, washing

French and Italian rescue services stepped up their search efforts on Sunday after floods cut off several villages near the two countries' border, causing widespread damage and killing two people in Italy . Rescue efforts were concentrated on the Roya valley where around 1,000 firefighters

a pile of rocks: A police station destroyed by the flooding in Saint-Martin-Vesubie, southeastern France © Valery HACHE A police station destroyed by the flooding in Saint-Martin-Vesubie, southeastern France

Breil-sur-Roya, a French village close to the Italian border, was a scene of devastation with houses buried in mud and turned-over cars stuck in the riverbed, an AFP journalist said.

Rescue efforts were concentrated on the Roya valley where around 1,000 firefighters backed by helicopters and the army resumed their search for survivors, while giving assistance to people whose homes were destroyed or inaccessible.

Storm Alex barrelled into France's west coast on Thursday bringing powerful winds and rain across the country before moving into northern Italy.

"What we are going through is extraordinary," the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes region said Bernard Gonzalez after as much as 60 centimetres (two feet) of rain fell over 24 hours in the worst-affected areas.

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French and Italian rescue services stepped up search efforts on Sunday after floods cut off several villages in the mountainous border regions, causing widespread damage and killing four people. Eight people remained unaccounted for on the French side of the border after storms, torrential rain and

Seven bodies found near France - Italy border after 500mm of rain falls in 10 hours. 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

France has declared the region a natural disaster zone.

Saint-Martin-Vesubie, a French village home to 1,400 north of Nice, was cut off by road.

A bedraggled group of tourists and residents -- including a woman who had lost her house -- gathered in the village's local square to be airlifted to safety, an AFPTV journalist said after reaching the site on foot.

a small airplane flying high up in the air: The 'procession of helicopters' was to continue all day Sunday © NICOLAS TUCAT The 'procession of helicopters' was to continue all day Sunday

French Prime Minister Jean Castex inspected the damage by helicopter Saturday and said his government had triggered its emergency plan for handling natural disasters.

He feared the number of people missing could rise after dozens of cars, as well as several houses, were swept away in apocalyptic scenes.

a car parked on the side of a dirt field: Cars and houses are entombed in mud at Breil-sur-Roya, a French town close to the Italian border, two days after torrential rains and floods hit the region, wreaking havoc © Vincent-Xavier MORVAN Cars and houses are entombed in mud at Breil-sur-Roya, a French town close to the Italian border, two days after torrential rains and floods hit the region, wreaking havoc

Local authorities gave shelter to some 200 people overnight, while food and thousands of bottles of water were being airlifted into remote villages cut off by the storms.

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SAINT-MARTIN-VESUBIE, France : French and Italian rescue services stepped up search efforts on Sunday (Monday in Manila) after floods cut off several villages in the Italy confirmed two people died Saturday, a volunteer firefighter on a rescue operation and a man whose car was washed away.

French and Italian rescue services stepped up their search efforts on Sunday after floods cut off several villages in the mountainous border regions SaintMartinVesubie, France , Oct 4 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 4th Oct, 2020 ) :French and Italian rescue services stepped up their search

-'Helicopter procession' -

Gonzalez called on the families of the missing people not to give up hope.

"Just because their loved ones haven't been able to get in touch doesn't mean that they have been taken by the storm," he said.

Many landline and some mobile phone services were disrupted, with some villages using satellite phones to communicate with rescue services.

Despite forecasts of more rain, rescue efforts were to continue throughout Sunday, Gonzalez said.

"The helicopter procession will continue all day long," he said.

The two people who died Saturday in Italy were a volunteer firefighter on a rescue operation in the Aosta Valley and a man whose car was washed away in the River Sesia further east.

The presidents of Italy's Piedmont and Liguria regions signed a joint letter calling on the government to declare a state of emergency with several villages cut off.

"The situation is very serious. It is like it was in 1994," when 70 died after the Po and Tarano rivers flooded, Piedmont's president, Alberto Cirio, told La Stampa newspaper.

"The difference being 630 mm of water fell in 24 hours -- unprecedented in such a small timeframe since 1954."

Cirio added Italy was already struggling to cope with the effects of the coronavirus which has left some 36,000 dead and shattered the economy over the past six months.

"We are already in an extraordinary situation. Because of the pandemic the region will this year receive 200 million euros less in tax receipts. If the state does not intervene (with rescue funding) we shall not recover."

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