Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Holidaymakers evacuated as floods hit southern France

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   FLOOD Rescuers examain a flattened tent AFP Getty Images FLOOD Rescuers examain a flattened tent
Jeannette Daniel | 10 August, 2018, 13:28

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

The missing man, a 70-year-old German citizen, was a monitor at one of the campsites who was feared to have been swept away by flood waters along with his van, BFM-TV reported.

Heavy floods have forced the evacuation of 1600 people - majority campers - in southern France, officials say.

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

Four German children suffering from hypothermia were taken to hospital in Bagnols-sur-Ceze, around 65 miles from Montpellier.

Police say the vehicle was found "empty and in pieces" near the swollen Ardeche river.

The missing German was supervising the children at the camp.

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'No one has suitcases.

Hundreds of firefighters backed by four helicopters were involved in the evacuation mission. Authorities warned that the flooding would take time to recede and urged people to be vigilant.

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

Hardest hit was the Gard region, where 119 children, many of them from Germany, were evacuated from their campsite at Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said in a statement.

The French weather service has issued orange and yellow alerts for parts of southeast France that will remain in place until 4pm.

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

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