Floods Lunge France and Italy, 2 people killed and 25 people missing
The storm brought torrential rains and floods that swept the streets and damaged many homes. The storm, nicknamed Alex, hit several villages around the city of Nice on the French Riviera.
Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi called the flood disaster the worst in the region in more than a century after inspecting the affected area by helicopter.
“Streets and about 100 houses were swept away or partially destroyed,” Estrosi told French news channel BFM.
“I have been particularly surprised by what I saw today,” French Prime Minister (PM) Jean Castex said during a press conference after visiting the disaster area.
Castex is worried that the death toll will increase along with the search for victims.
Authorities said around eight people were missing in France. That includes two firefighters whose cars were swept away by the river, according to local eye witnesses.
Television footage from the two countries showed several roads and bridges having been washed away and several rivers overflowing.
In Italy, as many as two people died, a firefighter and a man in his 30s whose car was swept into a river after a landslide. A total of 17 people are also missing.
Six mountaineers from Germany went missing after failing to return from a trip in the mountains in Cuneo province.
Officials in the Piedmont region reported 630mm of rainfall in just 24 hours at Sambughetto, near the Swiss border. The head of the Piedmont region, Alberto Cirio, asked the government to declare an emergency status.
The water level in the Po River rises to 3 meters in just 24 hours.