French rescuers evacuate 750 campers amid flash floods

Elias Hubbard
August 10, 2018

All in the group, who are from the city of Leverkusen, are all accounted for and safe.

The TV channel reported that the missing person was a 70-year-old German man, a monitor at one campsite who was said to have been swept away inside his van.

Hundreds of rescuers backed by helicopters moved out about 1,600 people, majority campers, in three regions of southern France where heavy rain caused flash flooding and transformed rivers and streams into torrents, the interior minister said Thursday.

A total of 1,600 people, a lot of them campers, were rescued across Gard and the nearby Ardeche and Drome regions, according to France's interior ministry.

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

Trapped by a muddy, fast-flowing torrent after the Ardeche river burst its banks he sought shelter inside his caravan, but the vehicle was swept away.

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

Rescue operations were in place at three different campsites in the region on Thursday.

"Like everybody else, they should remain on their guard", he said.

Footage posted on social media showed dramatic scenes of flooding.

'No one has suitcases.

More than 400 firefighters and police - as well as four helicopters - have been deployed.

UK Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said almost 3in of rain fell over the area in 24 hours. Authorities warned that the flooding would take time to recede and urged people to be vigilant.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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