Октября 16, 2018


British holidaymaker's terror after campsite submerged in France

12 Августа 2018, 04:55 | Devin Moran

Rescuers walk past a damaged tent in a flooded campsite

Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas southern France.- The bad weather caused large power cuts and a man who was working in a summer camp went

The statement added that 119 children from a campsite in the town of Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas in southern France had been "sheltered" from the floods.

About 750 people in total - including many British holidaymakers - were evacuated in Gard, mainly from campsites, district officials reported.

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

According to the interior ministry, a total of 1,600 people, majority campers, were evacuated as a precaution in the Gard and the nearby Ardeche and Drome regions.

Trapped by a muddy, fast-flowing torrent after the Ardeche river burst its banks he sought shelter inside his caravan, but the vehicle was swept away.

More than 400 firefighters and police officers, many sent in from other areas, were involved in the operations.

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The Gard government said four German children were taken to hospital on Thursday suffering from hypothermia in Bagnols-sur-Cèze.

'No one has suitcases. They were among 10 people hospitalized with minor injuries, the Gard Gendarmerie said on its Facebook page. The mayor of Bagnols, Jean-Yves Chapelet, told BFMTV that a large number of Dutch tourists were among the 350 campers evacuated.

UK Met Office weather expert Marco Petagna said almost three inches of rain fell in the area in just 24 hours.

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

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

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

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