The mountainous region of Na is flooded by record rains France And Italy has killed two people in Italy and at least 24 people are missing in both countries.
A storm that moved south-east France and then northward overnight Italy Due to flooding on both sides of the border, bridges were destroyed, roads blocked and communities separated.
A firefighter was killed during a rescue operation in the northern region of Italy’s L’Osta region. A body was found near floodwaters in the province of Versailles late Friday night.
Sixteen people were reported missing in Italy, according to civil security officials, all but those traveling in cars on the Cole de Tende mountain pass between France and Italy.
It includes two adults in Germany, their 11-year-old and six-year-old grandchildren and a pair of brothers returning from France.
A spokesman for Italy’s fire department said the search for the missing shepherd, who was pulled into floodwaters on the Cole de Tende, was ongoing.
A spokesman, Luca Cari, said he suspected the phone calls of others missing in Italy had been lost, and that they were not currently considered in imminent danger.
Kerry said the situation on the mountain range was complicated by the fact that France’s emergency response could not enter the side of their tunnel due to flood damage. The Italian fire brigade was searching the French side for people whose route may have been blocked.
In the northern Piedmont region of Italy, overnight rainfall has not reached post-1958 levels. According to the Italian Civil Protection Agency, 630 mm (24.8in) of rain fell in a period of 24 hours.
Hundreds of rescue operations were underway. Eleven campers were rescued in the province of Versailles, where floodwaters reached a 20-year high. Alpine rescue teams reached out to help seven people in flood-ravaged homes in Terme de Valdier.
In south-eastern France, the mountainous area around the nice city received an average of about a year’s rainfall in less than 12 hours.
Local firefighters said at least eight people, including two firefighters, were missing when the road collapsed during the rescue operation.
Nice Mayor Christian Astrosi expressed “feelings and sympathy” for the families. He said more than 100 homes were destroyed or severely damaged. Firefighters said dozens of people were evacuated from their homes overnight.
The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, expressed his gratitude to the rescuers. “We’ll go through this together,” he said.
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