Updated: 10/22/2018 4:38:42 AM
At least 27 people have been killed in Europe over the past couple of days after a series of intense storms swept over the region dumping extremely heavy rain. 12 people died in Spain's Mallorca, 1 in Italy, at least 15 in France and 3 in the UK.
Published Sunday, October 21, 2018
At least 12 people died in southwestern France on Monday when some of the worst flash floods in a century turned rivers into raging torrents that engulfed homes and swept away cars.
Up to seven months’ rain fell in just a few hours overnight, local officials said, catching sleeping residents by surprise and isolating villages.
Several deaths were in the town of Trebes, which sits between a canal and two rivers, including the Aude.
As the death toll rose and the extent of the damage became clear, President Emmanuel Macron decided to hold off on an already-delayed reshuffle of his cabinet.
“It’s like a war zone. The village is more or less cut off from the outside world,” said Jean-Jacques Garros, a resident of Villegailhenc, one of the hardest hit areas.
The Interior Ministry initially put the number of deaths at 13 before revising the toll downwards.
Among the worst hit were the villages of Conques-sur-Orbiel, Villegailhenc and Villardonnel, where the water rose as high as the first-floor windows of some houses. The Aude region is a popular tourist destination with old towns and villages in its hilly peaks and land stretching down to the Mediterranean.
France Floods Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Orange
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