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One missing, 1600 evacuated at flooded French campsites

12 August 2018, 04:51 | Erica Roy

Tents were destroyed in the Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas campsite

Tents were destroyed in the Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas campsite

A French prosecutor says that two Germans detained after 119 children were evacuated from their flooded campsite in southern are being sent before an investigative judge for possible charges of involuntary injury by endangering others.

About 750 people, mostly from campsites, were evacuated in the Gard region alone, local authorities announced last night.

The thunderstorms and heavy rains have hit the popular holidaying regions of Gard, Ardeche and Drome the hardest.

Rescue workers continued Friday to search for the missing man, who has not yet been identified.

Kathryn Alford, 44, from Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, was at Huttopia Camping Le Moulin in Saint Martin d'Ardeche with her husband and two children.

She said storms started at 7am on Thursday with heavy rain, thunder and lightning causing a power blackout.

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


Divers have not found a 66-year-old holidaymaker who sought refuge from the swollen river in his caravan, only to be swept away.

"No one has suitcases".

Four German children were hospitalized for hypothermia in Bagnols-sur-Ceze, a town on the Ceze River, Dousset said. "We just have what we're wearing", Rita Mauersberger, a German who was among the campers taking shelter, told France Info radio.

According to UK Met Office nearly three inches of rain fell over south-east France in 24 hours.

More than 400 firefighters and police - as well as four helicopters - have been deployed.

Residents in the area were urged to monitor the weather and give flood waters time to recede.



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