One killed, hundreds evacuated after storms

28th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

PAU, France, May 26, 2007 (AFP) - One woman died and several hundreds were evacuated in France following storms and flash floods in the country's south-west, officials said Saturday.

PAU, France, May 26, 2007 (AFP) - One woman died and several hundreds were evacuated in France following storms and flash floods in the country's south-west, officials said Saturday.

An elderly woman thought to be around 70 who was alone when her home near the town of Pau was flooded on Friday, drowned to death, local officials said.

Some 400 firefighters, police officials and rescue officials were pressed into service in the Ossau valley in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques region where more than 500 people were evacuated from their homes on Friday, they said.

Rescuers were on Saturday pressing on with aid work and helping clean up devastated homes in the area, Christian Gueydan, a senior official in the local administration, told AFP.

Gueydan said about 300 homes have been flooded but added that "there are certainly many more."

He however added that those forced to leave their homes on Friday had all returned as the waters receded.

Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie visited the area on Saturday and "asked for all possible methods to speed up the work," her ministry said in a statement.

Alliot-Marie said fire brigade officials had made "more than 1,000 rescue actions in the south-west and the area in and around Paris."

Elsewhere, a house was badly damaged by lightning but there were no deaths or injuries while infrastructure was badly damaged in other places. Roads were cut off in some place but traffic resumed on Saturday.

Heavy rains meanwhile lashed parts of north-eastern France.


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Subject: French news

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