60,000 French homes without power lashed by heavy rains, winds Dec 15, 2019 0 172 12345 AFPPeyrehoradeFourteen departments in southwestern France, the Alps region and the Mediterranean island of Corsica were on alert on Saturday following gale-force winds and flooding that cut off electricity in 60,000 homes, killed one person and injured five others.The department of Pyrenees-Atlantique in the Basque Country was downgraded by the weather service Meteo France however from the maximum level red alert to orange.A 70-year-old man died on Friday when his vehicle struck a tree that had fallen into the road during the storms.Five others were injured, two seriously, when trees fell on their vehicles.In Espeins in the Lot-et-Garonne region, a man in his seventies was swept away by rising waters when he went out to fetch his mail.Rescuers resumed searches Saturday as floods inundated parts of the region with waters rising to up to nearly nine feet and by 30 centimetres per hour in some areas.Lot-et-Garonne was placed under red alert for floods and a rugby rematch between Cardiff Blues and Pau for the European Challenge Cup in the city of Pau on Saturday evening was cancelled by the prefecture.Flooding and landslides cut off access to the skiing stations of Gourette and Artouste, while the distribution of potable water in the commune of Laruns was interrupted.In the nearby Landes department, about 600 people were evacuated on Friday as a preventive measure in areas where the Gaves de Pau and Oloron rivers converge.“We are getting used to this now,” a weary pensioner who gave his name as Christian told AFP. “We put everything on the upper levels, and we clear out everything from the garage,” he said. French electrcity distributor Enedis said 50,000 houses in southwestern France and 10,000 in the north were without power. RELATED ARTICLES Protests rage as US, UK warn on travel to NE India Dec 15, 2019 0 940 Britain’s Johnson vows to repay trust of oppn voters Dec 15, 2019 0 155 Trump to face impeachment vote after House panel approves charges Dec 15, 2019 0 1080 Nine Afghan forces killed in Taliban insider attack: Official Ghazni: The Taliban have killed nine Afghan soldiers in an insider attack in central Afghanistan, the military said on Saturday, underscoring the dangers Afghan forces face from within their own ranks. The Afghan .. Pakistan police raid house of PM Khan’s nephew over hospital riots Lahore: Pakistan police raided the house of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s nephew on Saturday in eastern Lahore, after a video emerged showing him taking part in deadly hospital riots days earlier. Three patients died .. UN climate dialogues unravelling, face failure AFP Madrid A UN climate summit in Madrid risked collapsing on Saturday after all-night negotiations between countries left them more divided than ever over on how to fight global warming and pay for its ravages. .. Britain’s royals seek social media chief for Queen Elizabeth II London: Britain’s royal family on Saturday advertised for a social media chief to promote the global “reputation and impact” of Queen Elizabeth II and other royals. The new “head of digital engagement” will lead a small .. Parliament to vote on ‘oven-ready’ Brexit deal by Christmas London: British lawmakers will vote before Christmas on the Brexit deal that Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed with Brussels, he said on Saturday. “We’re going to get Brexit done,” Johnson told ..