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World Four killed as flash floods hit France and Italy

14:25  05 october  2020
14:25  05 october  2020 Source:   bbc.com

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Heavy rains have caused flash floods in south-eastern France and north-western Italy , killing at least seven people on both sides of the border. On Monday, French officials said three more bodies had been found in villages north of Nice, bringing the death toll in the country to four .

At least four people have been killed in flooding in a mountainous border region of France and Italy , with rescue teams searching for others who are missing. French authorities deployed around 1,000 firefighters, four military helicopters and troops to help with the search for at least eight missing

At least four people have been killed and many more are reported missing after flash floods struck south-eastern France and north-western Italy.

a group of people sitting around a car: Hundreds of people have been evacuated in south-eastern France © Getty Images Hundreds of people have been evacuated in south-eastern France

Dozens of houses were destroyed and entire roads were washed away in a mountainous border region near Nice.

Coastal areas on the French Riviera were devastated, with long stretches of beaches littered with storm debris.

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At least four men have been killed after a flash flood swept through a village festival in Italy . As many as 20 people are thought to have also been Veneto regional governor Luca Zaia called the storm "an authentic tragedy" while Italy 's president Giorgio Napolitano expressed his sorrow for the victims.

Nearly three-quarters of Venice has been flooded after water levels there reached record highs. Shops, homes and historic palaces were filled with water including the famous St Mark's Square. There are now fears that the Arno and Tevere rivers could be next to burst their banks. Tuscany's governor has

Meanwhile, rescue workers stepped up their search efforts amid fears that up to 20 people were missing.

Eight were formally reported as missing and another 12 were thought to be missing, officials said.

a rocky beach next to the ocean: Storm debris has covered entire beaches near the city of Nice © Getty Images Storm debris has covered entire beaches near the city of Nice

Nice and its surrounding area saw almost a year's rainfall in less than 12 hours over the weekend.

Storm Alex, which brought fierce winds and torrential rain, then moved into northern Italy where record rainfall has also been seen.

What's the latest?

In France, around 1,000 firefighters were deployed along with helicopters and soldiers to the south-eastern Alpes-Maritimes region.

A search is under way for eight people who were seen being dragged away by the flood waters.

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Around 1,000 firefighters, four military helicopters, and troops were mobilised in France to help search for the missing people in the mountainous south-eastern region after the devastating floods . Officials said five of the bodies were discovered in north-western Italy , including four washed up on the shore

These included two firefighters whose vehicle was washed away when a road collapsed near the village of Saint-Martin-Vesubie, which was completely cut off by the storm.

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In a number of French villages along the border, landslides covered roads and buildings in mud and cars were left buried in the slurry.

"My three-storey house, it's in the river," Sandra Dzidt, 62, told AFP news agency. "All I have left is a tiny piece of wall and a door."

In total, firefighters have rescued more than 500 people in Alpes-Maritimes with around 150 still needing to be evacuated.

France has declared the region a natural disaster zone, and it was announced on Monday that President Emmanuel Macron would visit the area.

Meanwhile, flooding in north-western Italy was described by officials as "historic".

The Piedmont region saw levels of rain not recorded since 1958, with one village hit by a record 630mm (24.8ins) of rain in just 24 hours.

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At least nine people have died after heavy rains caused significant flooding on the European coast, including parts of France , Italy and Greece over the weekend. The heavy rains trapped some people in their cars, killing at least four people in France , according to The Associated Press.

'Elsewhere, flash floods overturned cars, ripped up streets and battered buildings and bridges, especially Four people died in the small town of Villegailhenc which was cut in two by a raging torrent of Tragedy: Six people died following overnight storm and flash floods in the Aude department in

In the rest of Piedmont, several villages were cut off after the rains made roads impassable. The situation there was described as "extremely critical" by officials.

a car parked in a parking lot: Flash floods triggered landslides in both France and Italy © Getty Images Flash floods triggered landslides in both France and Italy a house with a mountain in the background: Hundreds of people have been rescued in recent days © Getty Images Hundreds of people have been rescued in recent days

On Sunday, the emergency services recovered at least four bodies in the Mediterranean coastal region of Liguria. But it is not clear whether the deaths were a direct result of the storm.

Two people were confirmed to have died due to the flooding on Saturday. French officials also confirmed two deaths.

Power outages have hit villages on both sides of the border and about 10,500 homes were left without electricity on Sunday, the French energy company Enedis said.

Landline and some mobile phone services have also been disrupted, leading to fears that more people are missing.

But Bernard Gonzalez, prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes region, sought to reassure residents. "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.

France and Italy step up rescue efforts after floods

  France and Italy step up rescue efforts after floods 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. 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. Breil-sur-Roya, aFrench 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.

He earlier said the prospect of more rain was "a worry", but rescue efforts in the region would continue.

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