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The army has been deployed in France and rescue teams are hunting for survivors in Italy after torrential rain and winds from Storm Alex left two dead and 20 missing. 

Breil-sur-Roya, a French village close to the Italian border, was a scene of devastation with houses buried in mud and turned-over cars stuck in the riverbed.

In northwestern Italy the ‘historic’ flooding destroyed a section of a bridge over the Sesia river. 

French Prime Minister Jean Castex has deployed the army as 20 people on his side of the border remain unaccounted for after the flash floods washed away houses and triggered landslides.

A pile of vehicles on a street in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France, on Sunday after extensive flooding caused widespread damage in the Alpes-Maritimes departement

A pile of vehicles on a street in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France, on Sunday after extensive flooding caused widespread damage in the Alpes-Maritimes departement

A pile of vehicles on a street in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France, on Sunday after extensive flooding caused widespread damage in the Alpes-Maritimes departement

A partially submerged hatchback in mud and debris in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France on Sunday

A partially submerged hatchback in mud and debris in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France on Sunday

A partially submerged hatchback in mud and debris in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France on Sunday

People arrive at Nice airport after being rescued by the 'Armee de Terre' from floods in the south of France on Sunday

People arrive at Nice airport after being rescued by the 'Armee de Terre' from floods in the south of France on Sunday

People arrive at Nice airport after being rescued by the ‘Armee de Terre’ from floods in the south of France on Sunday

A worker digs out a vehicle from mud on a street in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France, on October 4, 2020, after extensive flooding caused widespread damage in the Alpes-Maritimes departement

A worker digs out a vehicle from mud on a street in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France, on October 4, 2020, after extensive flooding caused widespread damage in the Alpes-Maritimes departement

A worker digs out a vehicle from mud on a street in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France, on October 4, 2020, after extensive flooding caused widespread damage in the Alpes-Maritimes departement

Residents clean a shop following a mudslide on October 4, 2020 in Garessio, Piedmont, after storms lashed the region. Two people died after storms lashed southern France and northern Italy, with roads and bridges damaged or destroyed and thousands left without power

Residents clean a shop following a mudslide on October 4, 2020 in Garessio, Piedmont, after storms lashed the region. Two people died after storms lashed southern France and northern Italy, with roads and bridges damaged or destroyed and thousands left without power

Residents clean a shop following a mudslide on October 4, 2020 in Garessio, Piedmont, after storms lashed the region. Two people died after storms lashed southern France and northern Italy, with roads and bridges damaged or destroyed and thousands left without power

A man walks past a pile of vehicles on a street in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

A man walks past a pile of vehicles on a street in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

A man walks past a pile of vehicles on a street in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

‘There are very many people of whom we have no news,’ Castex said. 

On the Italian side of the border several villages were also still cut off, and many roads blocked.

A 53-year-old firefighter died during a rescue mission in the Aosta Valley, and a 36-year-old man died after his car was swept away by a river in Piedmont.

French rescue efforts were concentrated on the Roya valley where around 1,000 firefighters backed up by helicopters and army units resumed their search hoping to find survivors, and giving assistance to people whose homes were destroyed or inaccessible.

A gendarme stands near a vehicle partially submerged in mud in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

A gendarme stands near a vehicle partially submerged in mud in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

A gendarme stands near a vehicle partially submerged in mud in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

Tourists have a drink while sitting at the table of flooded street cafe in Riva dell'Erbaria in Rialto, while the waters of the canal rise, in Venice, Italy

Tourists have a drink while sitting at the table of flooded street cafe in Riva dell'Erbaria in Rialto, while the waters of the canal rise, in Venice, Italy

Tourists have a drink while sitting at the table of flooded street cafe in Riva dell’Erbaria in Rialto, while the waters of the canal rise, in Venice, Italy

This general view shows a partially submerged vehicle in mud in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

This general view shows a partially submerged vehicle in mud in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

This general view shows a partially submerged vehicle in mud in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

People stand near a car partially submerged in mud in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France, on October 4, 2020 villages and triggering landslips. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)

People stand near a car partially submerged in mud in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France, on October 4, 2020 villages and triggering landslips. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)

People stand near a car partially submerged in mud in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France, on October 4, 2020 villages and triggering landslips. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)

A worker looks at a mud covered street in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France, on October 4

A worker looks at a mud covered street in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France, on October 4

A worker looks at a mud covered street in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France, on October 4

Storm Alex barrelled into France’s west coast on Thursday bringing powerful winds and rain across the country before moving into Italy, where regions across the north suffered an onslaught on Saturday.

‘What we are going through is extraordinary,’ the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes region said Bernard Gonzalez.

‘We are used to seeing images of such disasters on other continents, sometimes with a lack of concern, but this here is something that affects us all,’ he said.

France has declared the region a natural disaster zone. 

A gendarme stands amongst debris including vehicles in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

A gendarme stands amongst debris including vehicles in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

A gendarme stands amongst debris including vehicles in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

Residents look at a mud covered street in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France, on October 4

Residents look at a mud covered street in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France, on October 4

Residents look at a mud covered street in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France, on October 4

A resident looks at a mud covered street in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

A resident looks at a mud covered street in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

A resident looks at a mud covered street in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

Local authorities gave shelter to some 200 people overnight, while food and thousands of bottles of water were being airlifted into remote villages cut off by the storms.

Gonzalez called on the families of the missing people not to give up hope.

‘Just because their loved ones haven’t been able to get in touch doesn’t mean that they have been taken by the storm,’ he said.

Residents clear a street following a mudslide on October 4, 2020 in Garessio, Piedmont, after storms lashed the region

Residents clear a street following a mudslide on October 4, 2020 in Garessio, Piedmont, after storms lashed the region

Residents clear a street following a mudslide on October 4, 2020 in Garessio, Piedmont, after storms lashed the region

Residents clean a street following a mudslide on October 4, 2020 in Garessio, Piedmont

Residents clean a street following a mudslide on October 4, 2020 in Garessio, Piedmont

Residents clean a street following a mudslide on October 4, 2020 in Garessio, Piedmont

A soldier carries packs of bottled water for residents in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

A soldier carries packs of bottled water for residents in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

A soldier carries packs of bottled water for residents in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

A police officer walks amongst vehicules submerged in mud in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

A police officer walks amongst vehicules submerged in mud in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

A police officer walks amongst vehicules submerged in mud in Breil-sur-Roya, south-eastern France

The shore area of Locarno is under water after the water level of Lake Maggiore rose to 195.47 meters due to the heavy rainfalls of the last few days, in Locarno, Switzerland

The shore area of Locarno is under water after the water level of Lake Maggiore rose to 195.47 meters due to the heavy rainfalls of the last few days, in Locarno, Switzerland

The shore area of Locarno is under water after the water level of Lake Maggiore rose to 195.47 meters due to the heavy rainfalls of the last few days, in Locarno, Switzerland

Many landline and some mobile phone services were disrupted, with some villages using satellite phones to communicate with rescue services.

Despite forecasts of more rain, rescue efforts were to continue throughout Sunday, Gonzalez said.

‘The helicopter procession will continue all day long,’ he said, adding however that the prospect of more heavy weather was ‘a worry’. 

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Doctor hits back at trolls who called her ‘too attractive’ to do her job

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A doctor has criticized online trolls who told her she is ‘too pretty’ to work in the healthcare industry. 

Medina Culver, 31, who lives in Las Vegas with her husband, has more than 27,000 followers on Instagram and delights her fans with regular posts about her life as a physician. 

In one recent video, Medina replied to the suggestion that she’s ‘too attractive’ for her career by writing: ‘Well thank you… I am pretty ambitious, pretty hard working and pretty determined to achieve my dreams.’ 

Titled ‘when someone tells me you’re too pretty to be a real doctor’, Medina later claimed ‘people have said [similar] more times than I can count’. 

Fans rushed to praise the medical professional for addressing her critics, but others branded her arrogant, with some even suggesting the ‘too pretty’ claims never happened. 

Medina Culver (pictured), 31, who lives in Las Vegas with her husband, has more than 27,000 followers on Instagram and delights her fans with regular posts about her life as a physician

Medina Culver (pictured), 31, who lives in Las Vegas with her husband, has more than 27,000 followers on Instagram and delights her fans with regular posts about her life as a physician

Medina Culver (pictured), 31, who lives in Las Vegas with her husband, has more than 27,000 followers on Instagram and delights her fans with regular posts about her life as a physician

In one recent video, Medina replied to the suggestion that she's 'too attractive' for her career writing: 'Well thank you... I am pretty ambitious, pretty hard working and pretty determined to achieve my dreams.'

In one recent video, Medina replied to the suggestion that she's 'too attractive' for her career writing: 'Well thank you... I am pretty ambitious, pretty hard working and pretty determined to achieve my dreams.'

In one recent video, Medina replied to the suggestion that she’s ‘too attractive’ for her career writing: ‘Well thank you… I am pretty ambitious, pretty hard working and pretty determined to achieve my dreams.’

She captioned the video: 'Pretty women can be more than pretty faces....we can also be bada** doctors.'

She captioned the video: 'Pretty women can be more than pretty faces....we can also be bada** doctors.'

She captioned the video: ‘Pretty women can be more than pretty faces….we can also be bada** doctors.’ 

Medina writes about her accomplishments in medicine on her Instagram account in a bid to inspire women but also isn’t afraid to capture other areas of her day-to-day routines, including bikini-clad trips to the pool. 

Taking to her account to address suggestions she’s ‘too attractive’ for her job, she captioned the video: ‘Pretty women can be more than pretty faces….we can also be bada** doctors.’ 

Medina, who studied for eight years at university, later replied to a comment on the clip which asked if people had actually suggested she was ‘too pretty’ to work in the healthcare industry.

Medina (pictured) writes about her accomplishments in medicine on her Instagram account in a bid to inspire women but also isn't afraid to capture other areas of her day-to-day routines, including bikini-clad trips to the pool

Medina (pictured) writes about her accomplishments in medicine on her Instagram account in a bid to inspire women but also isn't afraid to capture other areas of her day-to-day routines, including bikini-clad trips to the pool

Medina (pictured) writes about her accomplishments in medicine on her Instagram account in a bid to inspire women but also isn’t afraid to capture other areas of her day-to-day routines, including bikini-clad trips to the pool

Medina (pictured), who studied for eight years at university, later replied to a comment on the clip which asked if people had actually suggested she was 'too pretty' to work in the healthcare industry

Medina (pictured), who studied for eight years at university, later replied to a comment on the clip which asked if people had actually suggested she was 'too pretty' to work in the healthcare industry

Medina (pictured), who studied for eight years at university, later replied to a comment on the clip which asked if people had actually suggested she was ‘too pretty’ to work in the healthcare industry

'Oh yes! People have said it more times than I can count,' she wrote in a reply to one of her followers (pictured)

'Oh yes! People have said it more times than I can count,' she wrote in a reply to one of her followers (pictured)

‘Oh yes! People have said it more times than I can count,’ she wrote in a reply to one of her followers (pictured)

‘Oh yes! People have said it more times than I can count,’ she wrote.

Many of social media users applauded Medina for speaking out on the issue, with one writing: ‘I love your video! So honest and refreshing,’ while another said: ‘So awesome! Love this so much!’

But some critics labelled her ‘conceited’, with one person writing: ‘Humble brag much? I bet literally no one has said this to her lol.’

Another said: ‘All she posts are conceited TikToks of her making cutsie faces at the camera and pointing at her life accomplishments lol.’ 

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Reaction: Many of social media users (above) applauded Medina for speaking out on the issue

Reaction: Many of social media users (above) applauded Medina for speaking out on the issue

Reaction: Many of social media users (above) applauded Medina for speaking out on the issue

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But some critics (above) labelled her 'conceited', with one person writing: 'Humble brag much? I bet literally no one has said this to her lol.'

But some critics (above) labelled her 'conceited', with one person writing: 'Humble brag much? I bet literally no one has said this to her lol.'

But some critics (above) labelled her ‘conceited’, with one person writing: ‘Humble brag much? I bet literally no one has said this to her lol.’

While a third added: ‘I have a feeling no one has ever said “you are too pretty to be a doctor” unless it was a pickup line and not to be taken seriously.’

Elsewhere, in another inspiring post, Medina revealed how she was happy to pose in a bikini, despite critics saying it was ‘unprofessional’.

‘Remember that article that was posted about women not being professional or able to do their jobs as physicians because they listed photos in a bikini….yeah me neither,’ she wrote. 

‘Proud to be a female physician more than ever these days! #medbikini.’

Elsewhere, in another inspiring post (above), Medina revealed how she was happy to pose in a bikini, despite critics saying it was 'unprofessional'

Elsewhere, in another inspiring post (above), Medina revealed how she was happy to pose in a bikini, despite critics saying it was 'unprofessional'

Elsewhere, in another inspiring post (above), Medina revealed how she was happy to pose in a bikini, despite critics saying it was ‘unprofessional’

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KFC Australia launches bright State of Origin burgers for footy fans

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KFC is set to launch two new brightly coloured State of Origin burgers – complete with two succulent chicken fillets, double cheese, and a creamy mustard sauce.

Australian diners will be able to order the $9.95 Origin Recipe burger in the colour of their favourite team – blue (New South Wales) or maroon (Queensland).

In a ‘world first’ for footy fans, customers can tuck into the unique burgers from the sidelines between Tuesday, November 3 to Wednesday, November 11.

For the first time in its 40-year history, the State of Origin series will take place on Wednesday, November 4, and ending on November 18 due to COVID-19

Australian diners will be able to order the $9.95 Origin Recipe burger in the colour of their favourite State of Origin team - blue (New South Wales) or maroon (Queensland)

Australian diners will be able to order the $9.95 Origin Recipe burger in the colour of their favourite State of Origin team - blue (New South Wales) or maroon (Queensland)

Australian diners will be able to order the $9.95 Origin Recipe burger in the colour of their favourite State of Origin team – blue (New South Wales) or maroon (Queensland)

‘We’re thrilled to launch the Origin Recipe Burger to celebrate this year’s State of Origin series,’ Kristi Woolrych, chief marketing officer of KFC Australia, said. 

‘The State of Origin is one of the biggest moments on the sporting calendar and it now has its own epic burger to match.

‘We all know fans love to don a scarf, a jersey and even paint their face but we felt something was missing – you couldn’t eat your support.

‘The burgers will be a great way for footy fans to show their true colours throughout the series.’ 

For eight days only, the burgers will be available in 13 restaurants across New South Wales, ACT and Queensland.

The Origin Recipe Burger can be purchased on its own for $9.95 or if you’re feeling extra peckish, you can grab it in a combo for $12.45 with regular chips and a regular soft drink or in a boxed meal for $15.45 with a drumstick, regular chips, regular potato and gravy and regular soft drink.

Australian diners will be able to order the $9.95 Origin Recipe burger in the colour of their favourite team - blue (New South Wales) or maroon (Queensland)

Australian diners will be able to order the $9.95 Origin Recipe burger in the colour of their favourite team - blue (New South Wales) or maroon (Queensland)

Australian diners will be able to order the $9.95 Origin Recipe burger in the colour of their favourite team – blue (New South Wales) or maroon (Queensland)

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Shane Warne’s son Jackson, 21, tastes beer for the FIRST TIME

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Jackson Warne surprised audiences when he admitted he’d only tried ’10 different foods’ in his entire life.

And after recently tasting watermelon, the 21-year-old son of cricketing legend Shane Warne has now given beer a taste for the first time.

On Tuesday, the SAS Australia star shared a video on Instagram, revealing to his followers: ‘I’ve actually never had a beer either. Who would have thought?’

'That actually tastes pretty good': Shane Warne's son Jackson, 21, has tasted beer for the FIRST TIME and enjoyed it

'That actually tastes pretty good': Shane Warne's son Jackson, 21, has tasted beer for the FIRST TIME and enjoyed it

‘That actually tastes pretty good’: Shane Warne’s son Jackson, 21, has tasted beer for the FIRST TIME and enjoyed it

‘And there’s no beer better to taste than Corona, because obviously [with] everything going on, and Dan’s (Victorian Premier Dan Andrews) also said, “Get on the beers,” he added.

After taking his first swig, he appeared to grimace, before saying: ‘That actually tastes pretty good. Hang on.’ 

As he took another sip, Jackson appeared confused by the new flavour sensation as it settled on his untrained palette. 

After a pause, he looked in the camera and said, ‘I don’t know, wait.’ 

Tasty: After taking his first swig, he appeared to grimace, before saying: 'That actually tastes pretty good. Hang on.'

Tasty: After taking his first swig, he appeared to grimace, before saying: 'That actually tastes pretty good. Hang on.'

Tasty: After taking his first swig, he appeared to grimace, before saying: ‘That actually tastes pretty good. Hang on.’

Jackson's famous dad Shane appeared pleased as punch with his son's commitment, commenting, 'Well done' on the post alongside a clapping emoji

Jackson's famous dad Shane appeared pleased as punch with his son's commitment, commenting, 'Well done' on the post alongside a clapping emoji

Jackson’s famous dad Shane appeared pleased as punch with his son’s commitment, commenting, ‘Well done’ on the post alongside a clapping emoji

By his third sip, Jackson appeared to enjoy the taste, saying: ‘Not bad.’

In the caption alongside the video, he revealed he ‘wanted to keep drinking’ and that he rated beer eight out of 10. 

Jackson’s famous dad Shane appeared pleased as punch with his son’s commitment, commenting, ‘Well done’ on the post alongside a clapping emoji. 

On Monday, the poker player shared a video to Instagram of himself grimacing while eating a slice of watermelon for the first time.

First time: On Monday, Jackson grimaced as he ate watermelon for the first time

First time: On Monday, Jackson grimaced as he ate watermelon for the first time

First time: On Monday, Jackson grimaced as he ate watermelon for the first time

Jackson is living with older sister Brooke Warne, 22, who is encouraging him to eat new things.

Taking two large bites of the summer fruit, Jackson didn’t appear too pleased with the taste as he shook his head and said ‘mmm’.

Sounding unimpressed, Jackson said it ‘tastes like water’, before giving the fruit a rating of four out of 10.  

'Tastes like water. Four out of 10': Taking two large bites of the summer fruit, Jackson didn't appear too pleased with the taste as he shook his head and said 'mmm'

'Tastes like water. Four out of 10': Taking two large bites of the summer fruit, Jackson didn't appear too pleased with the taste as he shook his head and said 'mmm'

‘Tastes like water. Four out of 10’: Taking two large bites of the summer fruit, Jackson didn’t appear too pleased with the taste as he shook his head and said ‘mmm’

'Is it good?' Jackson made his extraordinary diet revelation last week on SAS Australia when his co-stars noticed that he seemed confused by tomato soup offering

'Is it good?' Jackson made his extraordinary diet revelation last week on SAS Australia when his co-stars noticed that he seemed confused by tomato soup offering

‘Is it good?’ Jackson made his extraordinary diet revelation last week on SAS Australia when his co-stars noticed that he seemed confused by tomato soup offering

Jackson made his extraordinary diet revelation last week on SAS Australia when his co-stars noticed that he seemed confused by this dinner offering. 

Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby, 43, had to explain that it was tomato soup, and it was ‘good’ to eat. 

While filming SAS Australia in August, Jackson had the opportunity to eat a variety of foods he’d never tried before, including sushi, pineapple, rockmelon, mandarins and even steak. 

In an interview with news.com.au, he explained that his limited diet consists of: ‘Eggs, bacon, toast, cereal, burgers, nachos, chips, apples… that’s about it.’

The model went on to reveal his typical day on a plate starts with ‘eggs, bacon and an oat shake’ for breakfast, and he would eat ‘burgers, protein shakes, pasta or lasagna’ for lunch and dinner. 

'I don't consider myself a celebrity at all, I think my dad is obviously a celebrity': Jackson wants to make a name for himself on SAS Australia without riding on the coattails of father Shane

'I don't consider myself a celebrity at all, I think my dad is obviously a celebrity': Jackson wants to make a name for himself on SAS Australia without riding on the coattails of father Shane

‘I don’t consider myself a celebrity at all, I think my dad is obviously a celebrity’: Jackson wants to make a name for himself on SAS Australia without riding on the coattails of father Shane

'You're 'a f**king impression person': While praise isn't often given to recruits by Directing Staff on the show, drill sergeant Mark 'Billy' Billingham told Jackson he was 'impressive' during his marksman task on Monday's episode

'You're 'a f**king impression person': While praise isn't often given to recruits by Directing Staff on the show, drill sergeant Mark 'Billy' Billingham told Jackson he was 'impressive' during his marksman task on Monday's episode

‘You’re ‘a f**king impression person’: While praise isn’t often given to recruits by Directing Staff on the show, drill sergeant Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham told Jackson he was ‘impressive’ during his marksman task on Monday’s episode

On Monday’s episode, Jackson told viewers he didn’t consider himself ‘famous’.

‘I don’t consider myself a celebrity at all, I think my dad is obviously a celebrity. The Warne last name is a celebrity, but I don’t think I’m famous or anything like that.’

He went on to say that while he hasn’t had much ‘life experience’, he signed up for SAS Australia to test himself, both physically and mentally.  

While praise isn’t often given to recruits by Directing Staff on the show, drill sergeant Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham told Jackson he was ‘a f**king impression person’ after his marksman task. 

SAS Australia continues Monday at 7:30pm on Channel Seven 

Cast: A total of 17 famous faces signed up for the intense SAS selection course, run by an elite team of ex-special forces soldiers known as the Directing Staff

Cast: A total of 17 famous faces signed up for the intense SAS selection course, run by an elite team of ex-special forces soldiers known as the Directing Staff

Cast: A total of 17 famous faces signed up for the intense SAS selection course, run by an elite team of ex-special forces soldiers known as the Directing Staff

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