France floods: 1,600 people evacuated after heavy rain

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 10, 2018

Hundreds of people were evacuated as a precaution in the Gard, Ardeche and Drome regions.

A 70-year-old German man who was helping supervise children at one of the camps went missing on Thursday, thought to have been swept by the strong currents of flood water.

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

A top Gard official, Thierry Dousset, told BFM-TV about 750 people were evacuated from five campsites.

In the Gard region, where strong rains poured down all day on Thursday, rivers quickly overflowed their banks and 119 children were rescued from their campsite at Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, the French interior minister said in a statement.

The Gard is hugely popular with British holidaymakers in August, while many others from the United Kingdom have retired to the area, or have second homes there. They were among 10 people hospitalized with minor injuries, the Gard Gendarmerie said on its Facebook page.

He was the only person unaccounted for after a rescue operation at three campsites in the area, where a heatwave ended abruptly this week in storms that caused flash flooding.

"No one has suitcases".

Tents have been destroyed and roads overwhelmed with water after nearly three inches of rain fell in under 24 hours, causing rivers to overflow at a rapid rate.

Numerous roads in the area remained cut off. Authorities warned that the flooding would take time to recede and urged people to be vigilant.

Several parts of central and southeast France are on flood alert after weeks of blazing temperatures erupted in storms on Thursday, turning several campsites into mudbaths.

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