ARescue teams continue to search for four people reported missing in the southeast of the country (in Gard and Ardèche), including two children, aged 4 and 13, their father, and a man whose trail was lost in Saint-Martin-de -Valama.

The first recorded fatality was an 80-year-old fisherman, who was swept away today by the tide on the island of Ré, on the west coast of the country.

The Gard Government delegation later reported that the body of a Belgian citizen aged around 60 was also discovered, whose vehicle was swept away by water currents while trying to cross a bridge, despite the authorities having banned its use.

Another occupant was in the car who managed to get out and be rescued after spending more than two hours clinging to tree branches.

Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the fatal victims, although they are suspected to be two women, aged 47 and 50. The two had alerted rescue teams in the early hours of the morning, when they were crossing a flooded bridge.

The women went to Spain but did not have Spanish nationality.

The departments of Gard and Ardèche are being affected by Storm Mónica, characterized by torrential rain that is expected to subside during today.

Four helicopters, drones and 300 firefighters are mobilized in search and rescue operations in that area of ​​the country.

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