(SOURCE) Days of heavy rain in the Mediterranean region of southeastern France triggered flash floods and severe flooding that killed at least four people and left two missing, officials said.
According to weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam, the region has experienced rain off and on since Monday, with the heaviest rainfall on Thursday into Friday. For instance, more than 4 inches of rain has fallen on Hyères, France, so far this week; the area typically sees that much rain in a month, Lam said.
All of that rain has saturated the soil, leading to deadly flash flooding events and widespread river flooding.
In one such instance, a woman’s body was found next to her vehicle near a flooded river in the French department of Var, the Associated Press reports. According to Var officials, the woman was traveling with her 8-year-old daughter, who remains missing.
“Her daughter has not been found. It is likely that the child has died,” the official told the French edition of The Local.
Two other people were killed in Var, France, after being swept away by floodwaters. One woman’s body was recovered on a beach in Hyères, France, and a man’s body was recovered in Cogolin, France.
The Local reports that emergency personnel had to rescue 30 children from a school in Grimaud, France, after floodwaters rose high enough to trap the students. All the children were rescued safely, the site reports.