Six people died this Thursday corsica because of the storms with hail, rain and winds of 224 kilometers per hour that shook the french island. Among the fatalities there is a Teen of 13 years, to which a tree fell at a campsite in the town of Le Sagone. The Inclement weather They also caused around twenty injuries, four of them very seriously.
The storm spreads to other Mediterranean regions as the Tuscany Italy, where at least two more people have died after being hit by trees. Another 20 have been injured, some seriously, reported the president of the regional council, Antonio Mazzio.
Provisional number of victims
In Corsica, the number of victims is “provisional”, reported the Minister of interior of France, Gerald Darmanin, who rushed to Corsica. The head of the department indicated that the rescue services are working to locate several people who are still missing. In this line, he admitted that “there is no news of all the people who were in the sea and who obviously have to be helped or protected.”
A Civil Protection spokesman explained that 300 professionals have been mobilized, as well as a helicopter and two planes for this task. In addition, rescue teams evacuated several campsites in the area due to the risk of more rain.
11,000 houses without electricity
More of 11,000 houses of the island, which has a population of 340,000, remained without electricity late Thursday. The number of victims it was down significantly from the 47,000 in the morning after the storms hit.
Civil protection of France activated throughout the island the Orange alert by the arrival of another storm front. On the other hand, the French prime minister, Élisabeth Borne, announced that the government will activate “the interministerial crisis” and has pointed out that the authorities monitor “closely the operations that take place on land and sea”.
Corsican nationalist President Gilles Simeoni said the storms had left an “apocalyptic scenario” in their wake. The president received a call from the French president, Emmanuel Macron, who expressed his support and guaranteed the mobilization of the rescue services.
Macron chaired a crisis meeting late in the afternoon from his vacation residence at Fort de Brégançon, on the Mediterranean coast, where Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne also attended. Darmanin, the ministers of the Ecological Transition, Christophe Béchu, of Defense, Sébastien Lecornu, and of Health, François Braun, as well as the Secretary of State for the Sea, Hervé Berville, participated in that meeting by videoconference.
“Huge damage” in towns in Italy
Bad weather last night affected the northern region of Emilia-Romagna, in the province of Modena (Italy). Thus, in the municipality of San Felice sul Panaro“enormous damage” has been recorded, as reported by the authorities, and at least 11 families were evacuated after strong gusts of wind took the roof off a building.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.