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The aftermath in the Aude

MidiLibre/Scoop, Oct 16

At least 70 communes in the Aude were affected by the floods of Sunday night / Monday morning.

The number of dead is still inconsistent across the media. Some are saying 11 dead, and most are saying 13. The Midi Libre is reporting 13 dead and 8 wounded.

Authorities say that by the time the inventory is finished, they are expecting over 100 communes to be affected. 10,000 households are still without drinking water.

“We are in the process of making a precise inventory since we are going to initiate the natural disaster procedure. At this stage, more than 70 municipalities are affected, but when we have made the assessment, we will have passed the 100/120 municipalities with damage” explained Alain Thirion, the Aude Prefect, at a press conference on Tuesday morning.

The situation, however, stabilised on Tuesday morning. "I feel like it's a little behind us, but I'm cautious, we're following the weather and we'll see how it's going to be in the next few days," said Alain Thirion.
“I remain cautious because we have not yet emerged from the crisis and we must remain extremely vigilent, but a part of it is now behind us” concluded the Prefect.

1,500 households were still without power Tuesday morning, better than the 7,800 on Monday morning. 3,300 phone lines are down, and thousands of bottles of water have been distributed since Monday morning.

More than a thousand people were mobilized for these exceptional floods, including 680 firefighters, 250 gendarmes, 200 members of the civil security and 100 police officers. A total of 141 rescues by helicopter were made by 9 helicopters all day Monday.

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