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(AFP) - At the least 13 humans died as violent rainstorms became rivers into raging torrents in southwestern France on Monday in the modern day episode of untamed weather in Europe, officials stated.

Flash floods swamped a number of towns and villages across the citadel town of Carcassonne, leaving a path of overturned cars, damaged roads and collapsed homes.

An aged nun changed into swept to her death as growing waters smashed via a nunnery inside the village of Villardonnel to the north of Carcassonne. meanwhile, at least four people died overnight within the hard-hit village of Villegailhenc, local authorities stated Monday.

As top Minister Edouard Philippe headed to the scene, the French indoors ministry stated a total of 13 humans had died after the equal of three months of rainfall in only a few hours.

"There s water anywhere in the house. everything is flooded," Helene Segura informed AFP by way of telephone from Villegailhenc wherein at the least one small bridge had collapsed.

"when I appearance out the window, i'm able to most effective see water and dust anywhere. It s sad whilst you re 70 years antique like me and also you need to redo your private home, trade the furnishings and all of the upholstery," she said.

authorities rushed in helicopters and 600 firemen to help with rescue operations, especially the ones within the floodplain of the Aude river which hit its highest level in 100 years, in step with the Vigicrues flood organization.

within the town of Trebes, close to Carcassonne, the water in the Aude rose 8 metres (26 toes) in just five hours, officials said.

around 1,000 people have been evacuated in the location of Pezens, additionally close to Carcassonne in the Aude location, due to fears that a nearby dam should burst.

The storms were brought about whilst a the front of warm and humid air from the Mediterranean Sea slammed into colder air around the Massif primary mountain variety in central France, inundating a place from the jap Pyrenees to Aveyron similarly north.

Violent storms on Sunday also hit Portugal, leaving 28 with minor accidents and hundreds of heaps without strength amid flooding within the vicinity around the capital Lisbon.

The heavy rain, which later rolled on through Spain, became the tail quit of hurricane Leslie in the Atlantic which weakened to a put up-tropical hurricane as it made landfall.

final week, an unrelated climate gadget shifting across the Mediterranean left 12 dead inside the Spanish island of Majorca and every other died in southeastern France.

Firemen responded to greater than 250 calls overnight, as 160 to 180 mm (6 to 7 inches) of rain fell within 5 hours in Carcassonne.



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