Campers flee from raging French floods

Cesar Mills
August 13, 2018

After weeks of dry and hot conditions, recent torrential downpours quickly swelled the Ceze and L'Ardeche rivers in the Gard region.

The man was accompanying a group of around 100 German children who were evacuated from a campsite in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, some 60 kilometres (37 miles) north of Avignon.

Divers have not found a 66-year-old holidaymaker who sought refuge from the swollen river in his caravan, only to be swept away.

Hundreds of rescuers backed by helicopters have evacuated around 1,600 people in three regions of southern France where heavy rain caused flash flooding and transformed rivers and streams into torrents.

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

A top military official in the Gard, the French region that was hardest hit by violent storms and flooding, has told French media that all children were successfully rescued. They were among 10 people hospitalized with minor injuries, the Gard Gendarmerie said on its Facebook page.

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The association, based in Leverkusen, Germany, owns the property in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas where the campsite was built without authorisation, Nimes prosecutor Eric Maurel told French broadcaster BFM TV.

"No one has suitcases".

British campers are among those recovering in emergency shelters after they were rescued from holiday parks and campsites wrecked by the bad weather.

The weather in the southeast of France has improved this morning but authorities are urging people to stay vigilant as the flooding are receding.

Numerous roads in the area remained cut off as night fell. About 17,000 homes in the southwest and northeast were without power.

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