Flooding in the French Riviera over the weekend left 20 people dead and four missing, reported the BBC News
French President Francois Hollande announced a state of "natural disaster" in the region after reports of violent storms overtaking some areas. One report said three elderly people died in their retirement home in Antibes when flood water there swamped it.
reported that rain of an "exceptional scale" launched flash floods starting late Saturday.
"A man in his sixties was found dead earlier on Monday in the parking lot of his in residency in Mandelieu-la-Napoule," a representative of the French-Alpes Maritime region police told CNN. "Another victim was just found dead in Cannes."
Authorities also responded to other reports stating that people died while trapped in vehicles that could not escape floodd tunnels and underground parking, stated the BBC News.
reported that some 70,000 people lost power from the storms and about 5,000 homes remained without power Monday. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told Europe 1 radio Monday that there had been some looting, with authorities arresting nine people.
Reuters added that roughly 300 police and 543 fire officers continued search and rescue operations Monday across the flooded areas. Heavy rains also hit the Alpes-Maritimes administrative department, near Italy, Saturday evening, which flooded local towns and hampered transportation routes, stated Reuters.
The interior ministry told The Guardian
on Monday that there was little hope of finding the missing people still alive.
"It’s not over," Hollande said, noted The Guardian. "The toll is not yet finalized. In times like this, we must be fast, efficient and coordinated."
Some shared photos of the flooding on social media.
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