MOSCOW, September 30 (RIA Novosti) –In the aftermath of massive floods affecting roughly 60 southern towns, France has declared a state of natural disaster, AFP reports.
“We will put in place natural disaster measures for about 60 towns”, said French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, as quoted by the Irish RTE News Agency.
The Mediterranean city of Montpellier has been submerged, as the city received the equivalent of half a year’s worth of rain within a few hours, Meteo-France weather services told AFP.
The floods have forced more than 4,000 people to flee their homes and spend the night in emergency centers. Meteorologists say rains are expected to ease on Tuesday, France’s The Local said.
Emergency workers were called more than 1,200 times, as people were stuck in train stations, schools and airports, the local government said. The Red Cross and the army are providing camp beds and meals, according to RFI.
No deaths have been reported as of yet, AFP reported.