Sudden heavy downpours near the French Riviera killed 10 people, included people trapped inside cars, at a retirement home and at a campsite. The flooding has left another six people missing. Train and car traffic was interrupted along France’s Mediterranean coast. The country’s Interior Ministry said through a prepared stated that 10 people had been killed while another six remained missing and little hope existed in finding them alive.
A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry earlier in the day had said the death toll was 13, including victims who were trapped at a parking lot, while others lost their lives while camping and still others at a retirement home.
Officials then lowered the death toll by three but no one is clear as to why.
Helicopters flew across the region looking for other victims of the flood while over 27,000 homes did not have electricity on Sunday following the overflowing of its banks by the Brague River following heavy thunderstorms that poured over 6.7 inches of rain in the region of Cannes in only a period of two hours on Saturday night.
A local radio station said that the rainfall was equal to two months worth for the region.
France’s President Francois Hollande and Bernard Cazeneuve the Interior Minister were going to visit the retirement home on Sunday. Hollande said through an official statement that people had been found dead in Cannes, Golfe-Juan, Mandelieu-la-Napoule and Biot, which are in the country’s southeastern region near Italy.
A number of trains were stopped due to flooded tracks in the area and traffic was stopped along the coast between Toulon and Nice Sunday morning. Several roads across the area had been closed, including those headed toward Cannes, which was hit hard with the raining and flooding.
Along the famed seaside promenade of Croisette in Cannes, rain and wind whipped the palm trees in reports broadcast on television Sunday mornings.
In Antibes, nearby Cannes, cars had been overturned by the force of the floodwaters.