FRANCE: At least 13 people have been killed by flash flooding in France. Local officials have said on Monday the French flood death toll has reached to 13. Authorities have also stated that equivalent of several months of rain fell overnight in the space of hours.
Seven helicopters and 700 emergency workers have been deployed.
Roads were cut off and cars overturned by the flood.
Witnesses have said the water level rose very fast which made the people reach their roofs. Helicopters were used to shift people stranded on the roofs to safety.
Pezens have been evacuated and all schools were closed on Monday.
The flooding has also hit the electric systems which led the Central Hospital of Carcassonne to switch to emergency generators.
People have been asked to stay indoors. Even though the water is receding, roads are blocked due to excessive water on the roads.
Flash Flood death toll has reached to 13 in France
The rescue operation is underway.
- A nun was swept away by river Aude
- A policewoman was hit and killed by a motorist, who was attending to the weather-related traffic accident.
- One person was injured when a house collapsed
- A bridge was torn down and carried away in Villegailhenc
- In Trèbes, floodwater is as high as seven meters (23ft)