Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

France flood leaves tourist missing as emergency evacuation ordered

France flood leaves tourist missing as emergency evacuation ordered

Four German children suffering from hypothermia were taken to hospital in Bagnols-sur-Ceze, around 65 miles from Montpellier.

French rescuers are still searching for an elderly German man who went missing after floodwaters ripped through a campsite in southern France on Thursday.

The Ardeche river burst its banks and and he sought shelter inside his caravan, but it was swept away.

Around 1,600 people, including many holidaymakers at campsites, have been evacuated in southern France after torrential rain caused flash flooding and transformed rivers and streams into raging torrents.

A top Gard official, Thierry Dousset, told BFM-TV about 750 people were evacuated from five campsites.

The missing German was supervising the children at the camp. They were among 10 people hospitalized with minor injuries, the Gard Gendarmerie said on its Facebook page.

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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.

Rescue operations were in place at three different campsites in the region on Thursday.

"No one has suitcases".

Hundreds of firefighters, many sent in from other regions, helped in the evacuations, using helicopters to spot camp sites and occasionally to perform rescues.

Numerous roads in the affected area remained cut off as night fell. Authorities warned that the flooding would take time to recede and urged people to be vigilant. Around 17,000 homes in the southwest and northeast were without power.

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