Published on : Monday, January 20, 2014
Two people were dead and hundreds were evacuated after floods hit southeastern region of France. According to reports, more than 150 people were airlifted and around 4000 homes were damaged in the deluge. Power outages were rampant throughout the region.
Local official Laurent Cayrel said that a 73-year-old man, died in his basement, while the other was swept away in his car. “The situation is very worrying, and it’s not going to get any better tonight,” he said on Sunday night, adding that there had been “record rainfall”.
The flood has been described as “historic” by Jacques Politi, the mayor of the town of Hyeres. The good news is that the river levels are receding.
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault will travel to the affected area early Monday, his office said.