Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Hundreds evacuated by helicopter from flooded campsites in France

Hundreds evacuated by helicopter from flooded campsites in France

BFM-TV said he was a 70-year-old German citizen serving as a monitor at the Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas site and feared to have been swept away by floodwaters along with his van.

The mayor of Bagnols, Jean-Yves Chapelet, told BFM-TV many Dutch tourists were among 350 campers evacuated there.

The vehicle was found "empty and in pieces" near the river after the man was trapped by a muddy, fast-flowing torrent when the Ardeche river burst its banks.

One man is missing and around 1,600 people were evacuated after floods swept through holiday camps in the south of France.

A search was underway for him.

The Gard administration also said four German children were hospitalized on Thursday for hypothermia in Bagnols-sur-Ceze, a town on the Ceze River. Five campsites in the area have been evacuated'.

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

'No one has suitcases.


Hundreds of firefighters and police took part in the rescue operations, using helicopters to help spot affected campsites and carry out some people.

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.

The Europe-wide heatwave sent the mercury above 113F (45C) last weekend, intensifying wildfires that began last Friday.

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

The man, who is believed to be in his 70s, was helping supervise over 119 German children and youths who were camping in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas.

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

Heavy rain meant tents were destroyed, while about 17,000 homes were without power.

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