Friday, 17 August, 2018

Hundreds evacuated from campsites as southern France hit by flash flooding

Flooded Gorges de L'Ardeche Image The flooded Gorges de L'Ardeche seen from a helicopter
Pablo Mccormick | 10 August, 2018, 13:25

He was accompanying a group of around 100 German children.

BFM-TV reported he was a 70-year-old German, a monitor at one campsite who was allegedly swept away inside his van.

Almost 120 children were evacuated from the site as emergency teams helped around 750 people to safety across the Gard region.

Hundreds of tourists have been whisked to safety in helicopters after flash floods submerged campsites in southern France.

The Gard government also said four German children were hospitalised for hypothermia in Bagnols-sur-Ceze.

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He was sheltering inside the caravan - said by police to have later been found "empty and in pieces" - after being trapped by muddy, fast-flowing water after the Ardeche river burst its banks.

The worst-hit areas are Gard, Ardèche and Drôme.

The missing German was supervising the children at the camp.

Footage posted on social media showed dramatic scenes of flooding.

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More than 400 firefighters and gendarmes, many sent in from other regions, helped in the evacuations, using helicopters to spot camp sites and to perform rescues.

UK Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said almost 3in of rain fell over the area in 24 hours.

A spokesman for Gard Prefectures said: "It is hoped the flooding will reach its peak by around 11pm on Thursday".

The French weather service has issued orange and yellow alerts for parts of south-east France that will remain in place until 4pm on Friday.

Around 19,000 homes are without power, Le Monde reported.

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