The Sovereign lost no time following his return from an official visit to Serbia to go to see for himself the terrible devastation in Vésubie following Storm Alex. “It was a very moving visit and an essential one to make to show our moral support for the inhabitants,” he said.

Following the visit on Friday alongside HSH Prince Albert and Minister of State Pierre Dartout, Stéphane Valeri passed on an appeal from elected officials in the Alpes-Maritimes.

“Today our maralpine friends no longer need food. It was very important in the first days after this disaster when the roads were cut and here was not enough of this aid. Today there is enough food, food and water, what they need is money.”

The President of the National Council said that there has already been a tremendous outpouring of solidarity in the Principality.

He said that the Monaco Red Cross, which has been very active from the time Storm Alex first hit, is the right channel for donations.

Monaco Red Cross teams have been working round the clock since Storm Alex hit the Maritime Alps and Italy last Friday, severely affecting the population, especially the sectors of la Roya and la Vésubie.

Readers can make a donation, specifying “STORM ALEX”:

• By bank cheque (to the order of the Monaco Red Cross –STORM ALEX) or by cash to be left at the Monaco Red Cross’s main address – 27 Bld de Suisse, 98000 Monaco (tel. +377
• Through the website, selecting « Action inondations dans les Alpes-Maritimes » on the online donation page
• By bank transfer (bank details available on the website page dedicated to donations).

The Monaco Red Cross will be tracking all donations and offers its heartfelt thanks.

PHOTO: Prince Albert was joined by Minister of State Pierre Dartout, left foreground, and Stéphane Valeri, centre, background, on his Friday visit to Vésubie, where he was briefed by officials Phillipe Fitte Monaco Red Cross