Tourists evacuated as flash floods hit south of France
Tourists evacuated as flash floods hit south of France
Bicycles swept away at a site in Gard
12 August, 2018, 16:53
Hundreds of people were evacuated as a precaution in the Gard, Ardeche and Drome regions.
One person was reported missing.
The men, who were not named, were the president and vice-president of a charitable foundation that brought had children from Leverkusen in Germany's industrial Rhineland region to the village of Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, said Eric Maurel, the public prosecutor for the region.
Police said the caravan was later found "empty and in pieces" after being swept away by water that overflowed from the Ardeche River.
However, Dousset, the top aide of the Gard administration, said no one knew for certain yet that the man was in his van at the time.
'The situation is extremely perilous, ' said a spokesman for the emergency services in the town of Bagnols-sur-Ceze, north of Avignon, where the drama happened. They were among 10 people hospitalized with minor injuries, the Gard Gendarmerie said on its Facebook page.
A smashed caravan after hitting a tree
The Bagnols mayor told BFM-TV many Dutch tourists were among the 350 campers evacuated there.
Supported by four helicopters, more than 400 firefighters and paramilitary officers were mobilized for the rescue operation.
Several parts of central and southeast France are on flood alert after weeks of blazing temperatures erupted in storms on Thursday, turning several campsites into mudbaths.
According to UK Met Office nearly three inches of rain fell over south-east France in 24 hours.
Locals are being urged to keep a close eye on weather conditions and warned flooding would take time to recede. Some roads remain cut off and up to 17,000 homes are without power.
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