Helicopters rescue campers in France amid flash floods

11 August, 2018, 04:41 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • A rescuer walks in front of a damaged caravan in southern France

Four German children had been hospitalised for hypothermia in Bagnols-Sur-Ceze, a town on the Ceze River.

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

A deluge of heavy rain left summer campsites in Gard, Ardeche and Drome completely submerged by flood water, leaving hundreds of tourists scrambling to safety.

They said a 70-year-old German man who was helping to supervise children at one of the summer camps was missing.

'The level and speed of the river today was extraordinary - we woke up in about a foot of water, ' she told the BBC.

He was sheltering inside the caravan - said by police to have later been found "empty and in pieces" - after being trapped by muddy, fast-flowing water after the Ardeche river burst its banks.

"Driving in our camper van was very frightening as the road by the river was completely under water and waterfalls had appeared from nowhere crashing down the gorge".

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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".

More than 400 firefighters and police officers, many from other regions, helped with the evacuations, using helicopters to spot campsites and rescue people.

Numerous roads in the affected area remained cut off as night fell.

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

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

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