AT LEAST 11 people died when violent rainstorms turned rivers into raging torrents in southwest France on Monday, prompting some of the deadliest flooding in years, officials said.
The equivalent of three months of rain was dumped overnight in the region of Carcassonne in just a few hours, sending rivers over their banks, including the Aude, which reached levels not seen in 100 years.
Local authorities said 11 people were killed, a second reduction in the official toll which had earlier stood at 13, a figure given by the interior ministry.
Two people were still missing with eight others seriously injured, authorities added.
Of the victims, six died in Trebes – which made headlines earlier this year after a jihadist attacker killed four people in a shooting spree, including a police officer who took the place of a hostage.
Two elderly residents died in Villegailhenc, where the main bridge collapsed, and one person was killed in Villalier.
On Monday evening the body of another victim was found in Carcassonne.
One of the overnight victims was an 88-year-old nun who was swept from her room by floodwaters at the Burning Bush priory in the village of Villardonnel, north of the fortress city of Carcassonne.
“The water crashed through the building’s main door and on through the door to her room, the lowest in the convent,” said Sister Irene, the mother superior.