On Thursday, according to reports, a 13-year-old girl was hit by a tree and died at a campsite in Sagone, on the west coast of Corsica. As it became known Friday evening, it involved a young Austrian.
“Among the victims of the severe storm on the French island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea is a 13-year-old Austrian,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Gabriele Juen told APA. Accordingly, the girl may have died when a tree fell on his bungalow at a campsite in the west of the island. According to Juen, the Austrian consul and charge d’affaires traveled to Corsica to support the 13-year-old’s family.
Five dead, many injured
According to the final assessment, five people were killed in the violent storm and about 20 others were injured. “We have promising news regarding the seriously injured,” French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said on Friday, according to the dpa news agency. In addition, no other victims were found in the sea.
Wind peaks up to 220 km/h
Although the weather service warned of the storms on Thursday morning, wind speeds of 100 and not 220 kilometers per hour were expected, which were reached within minutes. This is a very unusual phenomenon, according to the minister. The disaster must be reported quickly so that those affected can be quickly compensated by the insurance companies.
The weather on the island normalized on Friday, the weather service Météo France reported. It was expected that thousands of holidaymakers would be able to return to the evacuated campsites.