13 people killed in violent storms across Europe

13 people killed in violent storms across Europe

International Deskdaily-bangladesh.com

Published: 10:19 19 August 2022   Updated: 10:20 19 August 2022

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13 people have been killed across France, Italy and Austria as Europe is hit by violent storms carrying high winds and heavy rain.

Five people died on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica as fierce storms lashed the area, including a 13-year-old girl killed when a tree fell onto her campground bungalow, police said.

It was the third day of intense rains, which had produced flash flooding and fierce hail, across much of southern France following weeks of punishing drought.

Hail, heavy rain and winds measured as peaking at 224km/h swept across the French island as parts of the country, which has been hit by a series of heatwaves and severe drought, saw more rain in just a few hours than in recent months combined.

A 13-year-old girl died when a tree fell on a campsite and a 72-year-old woman was killed when her car was struck by a beach hut roof, authorities said.

The third victim died when a tree fell on a bungalow, local newspaper Corse Matin reported.

French weather forecaster Meteo France said the island, a popular tourist destination, was hit by “violent thunderstorms with strong tornado-like gusts ... causing significant damage”.

It subsequently lifted a major storm warning, indicating the worst had passed for the Mediterranean island.

At least 12 people were injured, including one critically, and rescue operations were under way offshore, authorities added.

On France’s mainland, grid operator Enedis said about 1,000 households were without power.

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