Four dead, one missing after floods in SE France
Firefighters in the Var and Alpes-Maritimes called out 2,000 times as more than two months worth of rain falls in 48 hours
Four people have died and a 77-year-old man has been missing since Saturday after more than two months worth of rain fell in just 48 hours in southeast France.
#VigilanceOrange #inondations— Dorian Dziadula (@DorianDziadula) November 23, 2019
Débordement progressif de la #Nartuby à Trans-en-Provence (#Var), heure par heure depuis ce matin. Pic actuel à 2m47 (2m74 le 06/11/2011, référence à 5m80 le 15/06/2010).
Suivi Vigicrues actualisé > https://t.co/gtANQC6KQi
Webcam Météo-France pic.twitter.com/3JjK2KLxwk
A couple in their 70s were found in their car in a ravine near the town of Tanneron in the Var, after their vehicle was swept away in a flash flood caused by the storms.
The body of another victim, who disappeared when a rescue dinghy carrying three members of the public and three firefighters capsized on Saturday evening, was found in the southern Var village of Le Muy, local authorities said. A fourth body, that of a man in his 50s, was found in a car in the village of Cabasse.
[Renforts #inondations #Var]— SDIS de Vaucluse-84 (@sdis84) November 23, 2019
embarcation du #SDIS84 renversée pdt sauvetage sur Le Muy. 3 pompiers de #Carpentras secourus sont sains et saufs. Merci à eux pr leur courage et abnégation, bon repos auprès de leurs proches. Bon courage à tous nos collègues tjrs sur place @SDIS83 pic.twitter.com/rg3Jp4PoIA
Meanwhile, the search is continuing for the 77-year-old, who has not been seen since going out in heavy rain on Saturday evening.
As the clean-up continues following the torrential rains and floods that hit the area on Friday and Saturday, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner visited the area on Sunday to meet emergency services.
Firefighters in the Var and Alpes-Maritimes were called out more than 2,000 times during the storms, and carried out 171 helicopter operations overnight from Saturday into Sunday.
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