Monaco backs France as storm Alex leaves several dead and 10 missing

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Storm Alex wreaked havoc in the Alpes-Maritimes region. Prince Albert expressed his solidarity with French President Emmanuel Macron as several appeals for donations were launched in Monaco following extensive damage. Four people died and eight people are currently missing after storm Alex which devastated the Riviera hinterland. Authorities have not heard from 13 other people, who are currently “presumed missing”. Firefighters and soldiers have been deployed on rescue missions and debris cleanup operations, as four villages remain cut off from the world.

Monaco continues to give

After having set up an emergency fund to come to the aid of the affected populations, Prince Albert II wrote to French President Emmanuel Macron to offer him his solidarity. The prince also wrote to the mayor of Ventimiglia, an Italian town near the French border. “Our hearts go out to the bereaved families, to the rescuers whose dedication is admirable, to the soldiers mobilized and to all those who have been cruelly affected by this storm,” he wrote to the French president.

In Monaco, initiatives to help affected populations are flourishing. The Monegasque Red Cross, mobilized since the arrival of the storm on October 2, launched an appeal for donations. The diocese of Monaco has also joined the solidarity movement, opening several collection points in churches in Monaco. They currently prioritize non-perishable foods.



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