Flash flooding across the French Riviera has left at least 13 people dead with six others feared missing, according to emergency services.
The severe thunderstorms began along the Cote d’Azur in France’s south-east during the late evening hours. At its peak, the “medicane” – a tropical-like hurricane which forms in the Mediterranean Sea – dumped more than 150mm of rain in the space of two hours, leaving city streets submerged in water and parts of Cannes without power.
French President François Hollande said in a statement that people were found dead in the towns of Cannes, Biot, Golfe-Juan and Mandelieu-la-Napoule near the Italian border.
The tropical storm also shut down Nice-Cote d’Azur, the region’s only major airport, reopening to air traffic after midnight Saturday, local time. Parts of the railway line servicing St. Tropez to Nice and passing through Cannes and Antibes have been closed due to flooding, according to several reports.
Due to the extreme weather conditions that flooded parts of the Martinez Hotel, all MIPJunior sessions have been moved to the Palais des Festivals, with Sunday’s conferences taking place in the Palais level 5, Esterel Theatre.
Buses have been made available from the Martinez, shuttling delegates to the Palais.
Sessions and events for the 31st annual MIPCOM remain unchanged, according to a statement from Reed MIDEM.
“The whole MIP team, the Palais staff and our Cannes partners are working non-stop to limit the disruption caused by this exceptional situation” said Laurine Garaude, director of Reed MIDEM’s television division, in a statement.
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