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24 Oct 2019 | 03:28 PM UTC

France: Heavy rain and flooding leaves several dead in southern France as of October 24 /update 1

France News Alert

Heavy rain and flooding leaves several dead in southern France as of October 24; rescue operations ongoing

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/24/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/25/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France, Herault, Gard

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Officials report that heavy rain and consequent flooding across southern France have resulted in the deaths of at least three people as of Thursday, October 24. Transportation disruptions, including inundated roads, have been reported across the region. Rescue workers have carried out nearly 1800 operations since Sunday, October 20, after eight departments were placed on high alert for flash floods. Approximately 700 homes remain without power in Hérault and Gard as of Thursday afternoon.

More rainfall is forecast to continue through Thursday, according to the French meteorological agency. Transportation disruptions, including road closures and train delays and cancelations, are expected in the coming hours.


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports and to contact their airline for more information. Avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions and flight reservations before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.


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