Five people died this Sunday in southeastern France as a result of heavy rains and floods that have been recorded in the area, said the Prefecture of the department of Var.

After the discovery of the corpses of two men who had gone out to see how their animals were, the Ministry of Interior reported during the morning of the death of three members of the rescue teams that were heading for a helicopter intervention.

"When the EC145 helicopter was heading towards Le Luc – Le Cannet (Var) to ensure a reconnaissance and rescue mission, the radio and radar connections were interrupted. Despite the important search efforts initiated, the three occupants of the helicopter have been found dead near the town of Rove, "said the note.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner he lamented in the statement the death of these three men and praised the "exceptional value" with the one who got engaged in searches.

"Our country loses three day-to-day heroes who have given their lives to protect the French," he said.

Early this Monday, Météo France raised the red alert in the two most affected departments, Var and Alpes-Maritimes, although he kept the orange while the rains continue in the coastal areas.

Schools and some institutes remain closed in several locations. The main highway, the A8, which connects the French Riviera with Italy, was reopened during the night.