France – 2 Dead in Montpellier Floods After 170 mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Heavy rainfall and strong winds in parts of southern France over the weekend have left 3 people dead.

A couple died after their car washed away by flood water in Montpellier, in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon, yesterday 23 August 2015. The third victim was killed by strong winds in Thiezac, Cantal department.

Montpellier and the surrounding areas have been the worst hit by heavy rain and ensuing floods. In the last 24 hours, 200 mm of rain has fallen in Lodève and 168.6 mm in Montpellier, according to WMO figures. Courbessac saw 71.4 mm, Istres 61 mm and Salon 56.9 mm of rain during the same period.

More severe weather is expected. Earlier today, France’s meteorological service, Météo France, issued orange (second highest level) alert weather warnings for several departments, including Drôme, Gard, Ardèche and Vaucluse, which, according to Météo France, can expect heavy rain and floods.

Germany and Italy

Last week one person died when floods struck in neighbouring Germany. Severe weather struck between 16 and 18 August 2015, where floods, strong winds, landslides and lightning caused damage in parts of Lower Saxony, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt. Around 74mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, between 16 and 17 August. One person died in floods in Eichsfeld, Thuringia.

Heavy rain has also been reported in Italy over the last 24 hours. As much as 173 mm of rain fell in Pisa between 23 and 24 August, 2015, according to WMO.

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