Italian media report that seven people have died in the regions of Piedmont and Liguria.
In France, eight people are missing in areas outside Nice after heavy flooding. Among them are two firefighters. It is not excluded that the number of missing may increase.
Buried in mud
Heavy rain and wind have led to floods and landslides in the border areas. Bridges, roads and houses were swept away by the soil and water masses. Many villages are completely isolated from the outside world.
The hinterland of French Provence has also been hit hard by the storm.
Around 1,000 rescue workers and military are working in the areas to find survivors and help people trapped inside their homes. Food is distributed and drinking water is flown to the isolated villages.
– What we are going through is completely out of the ordinary, says Bernard Gonzalez, head of the Alpes-Maritimes region in France.
He said that 600 millimeters of rain fell in 24 hours in the hardest hit areas.
On Saturday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex inspected the helicopter damage. He said afterwards that the government has activated its emergency plan for natural disasters
Asks for help from the state
In Italy, the storm is affecting regions that are already under severe pressure due to the corona pandemic. Piedmont and Liguria have lost hundreds of millions in tax revenue due to the pandemic. They are now asking national authorities to intervene.
“If the state does not intervene, we will not get through it,” President Alberto Cirio of Piedmont told La Stampa newspaper.