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Search and Rescue Efforts Underway After Heavy Flooding in France and Italy

Search and Rescue Efforts Underway After Heavy Flooding in France and Italy


(PARIS) — French authorities deployed about 1,000 firefighters, 4 navy helicopters and troops to seek for no less than eight individuals who had been lacking after devastating floods hit a mountainous border area with Italy, the place no less than 4 folks had been killed.

Emergency staff in Italy recovered two corpses Sunday in northern Liguria that they feared might have been washed away on account of the storms that killed two different folks on Saturday.

Floods washed away homes and destroyed roads and bridges surrounding the town of Good on the French Riviera after nearly a yr’s common rainfall fell in lower than 12 hours. Good Mayor Christian Estrosi mentioned over 100 properties had been destroyed or severely broken.

Rescuers on Sunday had been additionally offering emergency help, together with meals and water, to residents residing in remoted villages.

The lacking embody two French firefighters whose automobile was carried away by a torrent when a street collapsed south of the village of Saint-Martin-Vesubie. Authorities worry extra victims as many households couldn’t attain out to kin attributable to cellphone service being down.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex, who flew over the world in a helicopter, expressed “grave concern” over the toll of the flooding.

About 10,500 properties had been left with out electrical energy on Sunday, French power firm Enedis mentioned.

In Italy, the physique of 1 particular person reported lacking on Saturday — a French citizen of Italian origin — was discovered within the Roia River, the ANSA and LaPresse information companies reported. The second washed up nearer to the place the Roia empties into the Mediterranean alongside Italy’s border with France.

An Italian firefighter was killed on Saturday throughout a rescue operation within the mountainous northern area of Val d’Aosta. A search workforce additionally discovered a physique within the Piedmont area’s Vercelli province, the place a person had been swept away by floodwaters.

Italian firefighters additionally rescued 25 folks trapped on the French facet of a excessive mountain move as a result of flooding.

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Nicole Winfield in Rome contributed to the story