Bad weather in Europe ! Parts of southeastern France and northwest Italy were affected by major life-threatening floods.
Heavy rains hit the Cote d'Azur disrupting air and rail transport. Two people have been missing in France and were found dead. Some parts of the country received more than 200mm of rain during the weekend. Hundreds of homes where flooded. Roads across the south of France were blocked. Evacuations were imposed. Shelter was provided in municipal buildings. Dramatic images posted on social media showed cars submerged. On Saturday evening, more than 4,000 households were without electricity in the Alpes-Maritimes and Var. The two districts affected were placed on "red alert" warnings by the meteorological office and official warnings were also issued about high waves off the coast.
A total of 1,600 members of the emergency services were mobilised to deal with the emergency. In Nice , alert sirens sounded to urge people to stay indoors.Weather monitoring agency Meteo-France has now downgraded the warnings from red to orange. "The rain continues but is less intense," it said. Other regions of southern France, including Gard and Haute-Loire, were put on orange weather warnings.