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Eight dead in storms in Corsica and Tuscany

Created: 08/18/2022 Updated: 08/18/2022, 8:51 p.m

Unwetterschäden auf Korsika
A damaged car at a campsite in Corsica. © Pascal Pochard-Casabianca/AFP/dpa

First, Italy and France are hit by the heat and drought, then violent storms hit both countries. Eight people died in Corsica and Tuscany.

Ajaccio/Rome – A total of eight people died in violent storms on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica and in Tuscany in Italy. In addition, there were a number of injuries in both regions in violent storms, as it was said on Thursday. Storms also caused damage and flooding in other parts of France and Italy.

As France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced during a visit to Corsica, six people died in the storm on the island. 20 people were injured, this is a preliminary balance sheet. French President Emmanuel Macron pledged support for the island and its residents. A crisis team was formed at Macron’s vacation spot on the Côte d’Azur in the evening, with the participation of Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne.

Wind gusts of more than 200 km/h

Gusts with a speed of more than 200 kilometers per hour had swept across Corsica. 45,000 households were temporarily without electricity. Storms and flooded roads also hit other parts of France, such as Marseille.

In Tuscany, a man and a woman were hit by falling trees near Lucca and in the coastal town of Carrara, several media reported. There was a severe weather warning for the north of the country to South Tyrol and large parts of central Italy. Some people suffered injuries in the violent storms with more than 100 kilometers per hour and heavy rain, such as at a campsite in Marina di Massa, Tuscany, when trees fell there.

Cars crushed by trees

Tuscany Regional President Eugenio Giani shared on Twitter a video from the coastal town of Piombino of a Ferris wheel being spun by strong winds.

Other photos showed cars crushed by trees and devastated beaches. In the northern coastal region of Liguria and in Tuscany, which is popular with holidaymakers, the fire brigade counted more than 150 operations by the afternoon.

A violent storm also swept through the northern Italian lagoon city of Venice, knocking down umbrellas and tables in the streets. According to Ansa, pieces of the wall broke off the church tower at the famous St. Mark’s Basilica in the center. The civil defense convened a crisis team in the afternoon because of the storms in central and northern Italy. dpa

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