Violent bad weather, floods… why autumn promises to be difficult in the south of France


the essential The government started a prevention campaign on Wednesday to warn of the severe weather risks that are expected this autumn. Floods, particularly intense storms… La Dépêche du Midi explains why the coming weeks could see an increase in devastating episodes. After several months of historic drought and repeated heat waves, the government is warning the French of particularly violent weather conditions that could affect the south of France in the coming weeks. The government has just launched a prevention campaign this Wednesday, August 24, 2022 to warn of the risks of Mediterranean episodes in fifteen departments in the south of France: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Alpes-Maritimes, Ardèche, Aveyron, Aude , Bouches-du-Rhône, Corse-du-Sud, Haute-Corse, Drôme, Gard, Hérault, Lozère, Pyrénées-Orientales, Var and Vaucluse. “Nine million inhabitants can be victims of these Cevennes storms which can reach 200 mm per square meter, and unfortunately the temperature of the sea increases the probability of suffering this type of disaster”, stressed Christophe Béchu, minister of the Ecological transition. The autumn of all dangers The particularly intense drought and the abnormally high sea temperatures portend particularly violent climatic phenomena. If we already know the famous episodes of the Cevennes, next autumn we fear an unprecedented situation, the soils are so dry that they have become impermeable. According to Christophe Béchu, powerful storms must be expected that do not fill the water table and cause runoff and risk of flooding. Also read: Floods, storms, storms… where is “FR-Alert”, the French alert system on smartphones? “The warmer and more humid the air coming from the sea, the more intense the stormy system,” warns Cindy Lebeaupin-Brossier, CNRS researcher at the National Center for Meteorological Research, with our TF1 colleagues. In short, the heat and humidity high up in the Mediterranean has everything from an explosive cocktail. “Camping at school can save their lives” The authorities ask the population to be vigilant in the coming weeks to avoid a large human and material toll, and give instructions to follow this Wednesday in case of an episode. Mediterranean or a sudden rise in water. Among these instructions or reflexes to adopt in the event of a flood: postponing trips, cutting off gas and electricity, avoiding taking the car or even not picking up the children from school. Read also: Storms and floods: “Camper at school”, “Dinner in your attic”… the new government campaign about the actions to be taken “Camper at school can save their lives” we can read at posters distributed, with the slogan “Floods kill”. Authorities also ask to prepare a “survival kit”, which includes enough drinking water, a flashlight, non-perishable food or a copy of the most important documents and contracts. At least 45 dead and 8 missing since 2015 Since 2015, several violent and deadly episodes in the Cévennes have happened in the south of France. In October 2015, after torrential rains in the Alpes-Maritimes, authorities reported 20 deaths. In 2020, the Alpes-Maritimes were again severely affected by Storm Alex, which killed 10 people and left 8 missing. In 2018, it was the Aude that was affected by a particularly intense Mediterranean episode. Again, the number was very high, with 15 deaths recorded. In total, since 2015, at least 45 people have lost their lives and 8 more have gone missing following violent episodes in the Cevennes.
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