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1 missing, 1,600 evacuated after floods hit France

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Staff Writer | August 10, 2018
floods hit southern France
Weather   Authorities have warned that the waters would take time to recede

A German man in his 70s who was helping supervise children at one of the summer camps in southern France went missing Thursday after heavy floods ripped through the region, local police said.

The 75-year-old man was accompanying 119 German children who were evacuated from a camp site in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas in the Gard region, one of the areas worst hit by the floods.

According to France's AFP news agency, the man was trapped by a muddy, fast-flowing torrent after the Ardeche river burst its banks. He then sought shelter inside his caravan, but the vehicle was swept away.

The police said it was later found "empty and in pieces" near the river.

Hundreds of firefighters, divers and helicopters have been dispatched for the rescue.

The interior ministry said a total of 1,600 people, most of them campers, were evacuated as a precaution in the Gard, Ardeche and Drome regions.

The storm, which caused flash flooding and transformed rivers and streams into torrents, came after southern France experienced weeks of unusually hot weather.

Authorities have warned that the waters would take time to recede and urged people to be vigilant.


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