Published on 9 October 2020
At least six people have died and at least 20 went missing after powerful storm Alex hit southern France and north-western Italy.
A number of villages suffered serious damage with destroyed bridges, road blocks and cuts off communities around the city of Nice in southern France. Nice’s mayor described the extreme event as the worst flooding in living memory. In northern Italy, roads and bridges were swept away by floodwater, while several rivers overflowed their banks.
This image, captured by one of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites on 3 October 2020, shows sediments gushing into the Mediterranean Sea from rivers located in the Nice area (France) and in the ‘Riviera di Ponente’ area (Italy).
Copernicus Sentinel-2 is a two-satellite mission that, among many other areas of application, provides information on pollution in lakes and coastal waters.