On the eve of the departments in the South-East of France was declared “red” level of risk due to heavy rains. They led to the flood which affected several villages. Thousands more homes remained without power. Were closed sections of highways, disrupted rail service. Several hundred residents were evacuated, according to Franceinfo.
Has not done without victims. On the night of December 2 to the North of Marseille during the search operation discovered the crashed rescue helicopter that disappeared from radar on the way to affected areas of the Department of var, reports of the International French radio (RFI).
All members of the helicopter crew – pilot, a mechanic and a fireman-the rescuer – was killed, said the interior Minister of France Christophe Castaner. The helicopter crashed in a remote hilly area. A preliminary version of the investigation of the causes of the crash – bad weather conditions and limited visibility.
Two local residents were victims of the floods in the var Department. In Frejus, the flooding killed the owner of the stables who tried to save their horses. Night rescuers found his body. In the town of Saint-Paul-EN-forêt floods washed away a car of a shepherd who tried to get to the pasture and died in search of a Ford across the river.
In just the last 10 days in southern France, a natural disaster caused by rains and floods, claimed the lives of 11 people.