Tuesday 11 December 2018

Death toll rising after France is hit by flash floods

Nine out of 13 confirmed fatalities occurred in the town of Trebes.

A car and debris are pictured after floods in the town of Villegailhenc, (Fred Lancelot/AP)
A car and debris are pictured after floods in the town of Villegailhenc, (Fred Lancelot/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

The death toll from flash floods in southwest France has nearly doubled to 13.

Interior Ministry spokesman Frederic de Lanouvelle said one other person is missing and five others are seriously hurt after flash floods tore through towns, turning streams into raging torrents.

He said nine of the 13 dead were clustered in one town, Trebes, in the Aude region.

The official said the death toll could still rise further.

Some people had to be helicoptered to safety from the roofs of their homes as overnight storms dumped several months of rain in just a few hours.

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Residents watch the waters after flash floods in the town of Villegailhenc (Fred Lancelot/AP)

Waters swept through roads and streams became raging torrents as the equivalent of several months of rain fell overnight in the space of hours.

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