PARIS — French governments deployed about 1,000 firefighters, four army tanks and soldiers Sunday to help look for eight individuals still lacking in a mountainous southeastern area after devastating flooding that killed two people from neighboring Italy.
Floods washed away homes and destroyed bridges and roads surrounding the town of Nice in the French Riviera after a year’s average rain fell in under 12 hours. Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi stated over 100 houses were destroyed or badly damaged.
Rescuers on Sunday were providing emergency assistance, such as food and water, for residents residing in remote villages.
The lost folks comprise two firefighters whose automobile was carried off by a torrent when a street collapsed south of the village of Saint-Martin-Vesubie. Authorities fear more victims as several families could not reach out to relatives because of mobile providers.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex, that flew across the region in a helicopter, voiced”grave concern” on the cost of this flood.
About 10,500 houses were left without power on Sunday, French energy firm Enedis explained.
An investigation team also discovered that a body at the Piedmont area’s Vercelli state, where a guy was hauled away by floodwaters.