Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

German man missing after floods rip through French campsite

German man missing after floods rip through French campsite

A 70-year-old German man helping to supervise children at a summer camp at Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas in Gard was feared to have been swept away by floodwaters along with his van yesterday.

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

A 70-year-old German man is now missing from a summer camp in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, and other 400 emergency services personnel have been called in.

A British holidaymaker has described a "raging river" near her campsite in southern France after flash flooding forced the evacuation of hundreds of people.

An elderly German citizen serving as a monitor at a campsite was missing, local authorities said.

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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.

'No one has suitcases.

In one summer camp in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, 119 children were evacuated.

Helicopters were used to spot campsites and occasionally to perform rescues.

Ten people were treated in hospital for minor injuries.

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The French weather service has issued orange and yellow alerts for parts of south-east France which will remain in place until 4pm on Friday.

Nearly 75mm of rain fell over the area in just 24 hours with more outbreaks possible during the next few days.

About 17,000 homes in southwest and northeast France were without power and several roads were closed as a result of the floods.

Locals are being urged to keep a close eye on weather conditions and warned flooding would take time to recede.

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