Flash flood submerges southern French villages, fields

PARIS — Emergency staff rescued or evacuated lots of of individuals in southern France as flash flooding abruptly turned roads and fields into rivers and lakes.

No casualties have been reported, however new heavy rainfall threatened the realm Wednesday. Native authorities stated the rains prompted important harm to houses and infrastructure throughout cities and villages between Nimes and Montpellier.

A person who had been believed swept down the Rhony River was discovered protected after he had taken refuge close by, the native administration for the Gard area tweeted Wednesday.

One individual was hit by lightning however survived, and a grocery store roof collapsed underneath the pounding water, in accordance with the regional emergency service.

Folks evacuated from a campground described on BFM tv that they watched waters surge towards their campers. About 800 firefighters had been mobilized to rescue folks by way of helicopter and different means.

A car is seen flooded in Bernis, southern France, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.
A automotive is seen flooded in Bernis, southern France, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.
AP Picture/Daniel Cole

Faculties throughout the area and a significant freeway and different roads had been closed Wednesday as cleanup work began in some cities.

The flooding comes after a season of utmost climate that noticed devastating wildfires close to the French Riviera and across the Mediterranean, record-breaking flooding in Germany and Belgium and droughts or warmth waves in different areas all over the world. Scientists say such occasions are anticipated however occur extra continuously now because the planet is warming due to human-caused local weather change.

The federal government will declare the floods a pure disaster to unlock support and insurance coverage funds, authorities spokesman Gabriel Attal stated Wednesday. He promised assist for residents and others who suffered damages “to heal the injuries of this flood.”

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