January 24, 2021

Fourteen killed by floods in southern France and one disappeared

Fourteen killed by floods in southern France and one disappeared



The death toll from the floods on Monday near towns in Carcassonne, in southern France, is now up to fourteen, while one person is still missing, the Prefecture (government delegation) reported today.

In addition, 74 people have been injured in the department of Aude as a result of the waterspout that fell and that in some points exceeded 300 liters per square meter, the Prefecture said in a statement.

Almost 680 firefighters, 360 arrived from other departments, are still working today in rescue work and assistance to those affected, and those forces are added 65 Red Cross agents and 90 Civil Protection.

They have also deployed soldiers and gendarmes in the area to prevent looting, in particular for the hundreds of homes and properties that had to be evicted when they were flooded.

Terrestrial communications continue to be affected, with about fifty departmental roads still cut off.

In the railways, the line between Carcassonne and Narbonne remains closed and will remain so "for an undetermined period," said Prefectura, who pointed out that six municipalities are still partially deprived of running water and more than 1,500 homes are without power.

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