Storms in Europe: Women, 4 and eight, amongst a dozen killed in Austria, France and Italy

Violent storms in Europe have killed not less than a dozen folks, together with two kids, since Wednesday.


5 folks, together with two ladies, aged 4 and eight, died as storms lashed the Alpine nation late on Thursday night. 

The youngsters have been killed when sturdy winds toppled timber at a lake in Lavant Valley, close to the southern metropolis of Graz. 

An extra 13 folks have been injured, two of them significantly, officers mentioned. Lots of the victims have been visiting the favored vacationer area for his or her summer season holidays. 

Austrian President Alexander Van Der Bellen known as the youngsters’s deaths “an unfathomable tragedy”, whereas the mayor of the close by city of Wolfsberg, Hannes Primus, mentioned the world regarded “like a battlefield”.

In the meantime, three ladies have been killed when lightning struck a tree close to the central city of Gaming, inflicting it to fall over.


Gusts of 220 kph have been recorded in France on Thursday, in response to the nationwide climate company. 

5 folks have been killed on the Mediterranean island of Corsica and 45,000 households have been with out energy. 

Dozens of individuals have been injured and 12 have been hospitalised, one in important situation, authorities mentioned. Among the many lifeless in Corsica was a 13-year-old lady who died after a tree fell on a campsite within the coastal city of Sagone. 

A 72-year-old lady was killed when a seashore restaurant roof fell on her car in Coggia, and a 46-year-old man died on a campsite within the city of Calvi.

French President Emmanuel Macron has chaired an interministerial authorities assembly in response to the disaster.


A minimum of two folks died and 18 others have been injured after sturdy winds hit the Italian area of Tuscany.

Greater than 100 folks have been evacuated from their houses to remain in emergency lodging in colleges and gymnasiums, in response to the Italian civil safety company.

A person in Lucca and a girl in Carrara have been each killed by falling timber, in response to Italian media.

In the meantime, 4 folks have been injured on the seaside campsite of Marina di Massa, and 4 others have been hospitalised within the medieval city of Barga after their car was hit by a broken roof.

The storm additionally broken some fragments of the well-known bell tower of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice.

Excessive winds of as much as 120 km/h and torrential rain tore down timber and prompted flooding throughout the nation on Thursday.

Authorities in Milan have determined to shut the town’s parks on Friday. Residents have been urged to keep away from parking or strolling beneath timber and take away any free gadgets from their balconies.

The Lazio area has additionally forecast rain and robust winds from Thursday night and all through Friday.


Authorities in Germany warned of heavy rainfall within the south Friday and put air rescue providers on excessive alert.

The nation’s nationwide climate service DWD warned of “extraordinarily ample, extended rain” and the danger of flooding close to the Alps.

The Bavarian Crimson Cross mentioned it was elevating the alarm stage for its air rescue specialists, placing helicopter crews on heightened alert.

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