Deadly Floods Force Thousands of Evacuations in SW France
Posted by feww on June 21, 2013
Storms Devastate Lourdes Catholic Shrine, Thousands Evacuated
Unseasonal stormy weather across France continued dumping heavy rain over large areas of the country, triggering flash floods in the southwest that killed at three people on Thursday, said a report.
The floods have devastated the Catholic pilgrimage site of Lourdes, forcing the authorities to evacuate at least 2,000 people since Tuesday.
The Roman Catholic shrine at Lourdes has been evacuated after flash floods struck SW France.
High winds and inch-wide hail batter central Switzerland
Winds of more than 130 kph and golf ball-sized hail tear down trees and leave piles of ice 20cm deep, said reports.
Road, train and air traffic were disrupted, according to MeteoNews. “… in the space of just a quarter-hour, near 20 litres of rain per square metre fell between Geneva and Nyon. Normally, all of June sees 70 litres per square metres.”
High winds also drove swept through Geneva’s international airport,” causing one plane on the tarmac to crash into a container.”
Several people were hurt, some seriously, by falling trees, reports said.
Geneva attacked by a significant hail storm.