Bodies from cemeteries are floating along the Mediterranean coasts of France and Italy following floods over the weekend.
Violent rains washed the bodies into the mountains.
A total of 12 deaths have been reported since Hurricane Alex Began to invade the French Alps-Maritime region Italy’s northwestern regions of Liguria and Piedmont on Friday.
Authorities say more than 600 rescue workers and others are still searching for the 20 missing.
Three more bodies were found Monday on the French side of the Italian border. Parts of both countries have been devastated by severe mountain floods. Nine bodies have already been found.
Some bodies were found in Italy as the Alps-Maritimes prefect, according to the Nice Matin newspaper, which apparently saw from the coffins that the border had been made a hundred by the flood.
As of Monday afternoon, two more bodies had been found in the area, Bernard Gonzalez said. The body was found Sunday in St. Martin-Vesuvius.
Another body was later found in the same town and later brought to a total of four on the French side.
The body of a woman was found in the Mediterranean Sea on Monday in the Italian Ligurian province of Imperia.
The other five bodies, all men, were found Sunday in the sea near San Remo, off the coast of the Italian border town of Ventimiglia and off the coast of Imperia.
Gonzalez said he had been in touch with Italian colleagues about the bodies found off the coast of Liguria.
“The bodies found matched the rotten coffins on our side, but most of the bodies came from graves that had been washed away by the water,” the newspaper was quoted as saying.
Procedures to identify the bodies are underway but he did not say exactly how many bodies are being talked about.
More pressure has been put on flood-prone areas Coronavirus Infectious disease. The governors of Liguria and Piedmont have called on the Italian government to provide immediate assistance.
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