At least eleven people have been killed in the night from Sunday 14 to Monday 15 October, following violent rains and severe flooding in the south of France, where locally the flood has reached a level unprecedented since 1891, also causing powerful damage. According to the last balance-sheet of the prefecture established shortly after 21 hours, this “episode mediterranean-type cevennes” has made at least 11 deaths : 6 in Trèbes, 2 to Villegailhenc, 1 to Villardonnel, 1 to Villalier and 1 to Carcassonne. In addition, there are eight serious injuries and two people missing. It is weather-among the deadliest in the past ten years. The orange alert was lifted in 22 hours by Météo-France to the departments of the Hérault, the Pyrénées-Orientales and the Aveyron, but the Aude rest in vigilance red.

In the space of five hours, ” between 160 and 180 mm of water fell on the town of Carcassonne “, according to the prefect of the Aude, Alain Thirion. But overflows are still planned in the hours to come, and evacuations were underway in the early evening near Narbonne. A thousand inhabitants of the town of Pezens, Aude, were evacuated Monday morning as a preventative measure due to a risk of overflow of a dam, has indicated to the Agency France-Press, the civil security. The evacuation of the rest of this town of some 1,500 inhabitants, situated in the north-west of the city of Carcassonne, has been suspended, she added.

While some complained of having been ill-informed of the intensity of upcoming storms, the Prime minister Edouard Philippe, who visited the site, felt that this episode weather was ” by itself unpredictable “, recalling that ” the experts considered that the depression would move more quickly than what happened “. The spokesman of the ministry of the Interior, Frédéric de Lanouvelle, referred to the “fragility” in the system of vigilance Météo-France ” in the level of vigilance orange, which is very often used and, when there is a real problem, that people don’t take into account “.

Emmanuel Macron thanked the emergency services

Emmanuel Macron expressed his “emotion and solidarity of the whole nation to the place of our compatriots, victims of the floods in the Aude, and their families’, on the occasion of a press conference with south Korean president Moon Jae-in. “All emergency services are mobilized in an exemplary way, and I thank you for that,” said Mr. Macron. The president has asked Prime minister Edward Philip to go to the place, while the Government has delayed the announcement of the government reshuffle due to these floods that killed at least 11 people dead.

On-site, the Prime minister ÉdouardPhilippe announced that the government would implement the “procedure of natural disaster accelerated” in the Aude. “We have made contact with the French Federation of insurance companies, and we noted how it was necessary for the compensation of the individuals could be the fastest possible,” added the head of government and minister of the Interior ad interim. The Prime minister went to the meeting of several inhabitants disaster victims in the small village of Villegailhenc, where two people died, and has expressed to the press his “support” to those who “have seen their lives switch” and had “fear” in the face of the water ” that escalated very quickly “. While some residents complained of having been ill-informed of the intensity of upcoming storms, Édouard Philippe felt that this episode weather was ” by itself unpredictable “, recalling that ” the experts considered that the depression would move more quickly than what happened “.


In this region of Carcassonne, the fields are completely flooded, several roadways have been destroyed or impassable with fallen trees on the roads. Torrents of muddy water over the floor, water will spill out. Vehicles were swept away by the waves. The balance sheet “is provisional and, as of the recognitions that will be involved in the emergency response, it is possible that it turns out to be more serious,” said the French Prime minister, Édouard Philippe, before the announcement of the new balance of 13 dead. Édouard Philippe is expected on site in the afternoon with the minister of the ecological Transition, François de Rugy. The president and Emmanuel Macron will be in the Aude “as soon as possible,” said the presidency.

” We have water in the house, water everywhere. Everything is flooded, everywhere in the village. A bridge has collapsed. There are firefighters everywhere, we do not know where to give head “, testified by phone an inhabitant of the town of Villegailhenc, Hélène Ségura. “By the window, I see water and mud everywhere,” she added. At the monastery of the town of Villardonnel, where a nun was killed, ” the damage is considerable, the glass exploded. We lent them chairs so they can eat dry at noon. The sister who is deceased was about 90-95 years “, explained to the Agence France-Presse Linda Navarro, a member of the social action committee of the city. “There was significant damage in some residents with geysers of water into the house of an elderly couple. It is dangerous, they are at risk of electric shock “, she warned.

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exceptional Flood

The vigilance red raw, which was since Monday morning the central valley of the Aude had been extended to three sections additional to the mid-day. “The exceptional flood in progress at Trèbes is close to but less than the flood of 1891 “, stresses Vigicrues in its newsletter. The water has reached 7,68 m to 7: 30 a.m. Monday (5: 30 GMT), according to the website of the institute. In 1891, the water was rising up 7.95 m on the 25th of October. In the Hérault department (south), the heavy rain affecting the mid-day, in priority to the west of the department, close to the Aude, should move to the east in the afternoon and the evening. They cause heavy flooding.

Spain’s neighbour, the storm Leslie hit Sunday with less intensity than expected. The city of Zamora (west) has recorded wind gusts of 100 km/h and falling trees have caused power outages affecting some 400 people. Initially a hurricane, Leslie wandered over the Atlantic ocean since September 23, and was transformed into a post-tropical storm on its arrival on the Portuguese coast in the night from Saturday to Sunday. Wind record of 176 km/h, uprooting trees and knocking out temporarily electricity to hundreds of thousands of people, had been registered in Portugal.

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