PARIS- French saviors backed by helicopters evacuated about 750 beings, including many children and tourists, from campsites in southern France after torrential rainfall swelled rivers in the Gard region Thursday. One person was reported missing.
After a hot spell, flash flooding reached the northern part of the Gard region, turning the Ceze and L’Ardeche rivers into churning waterways that swiftly spilled out of their banks. Nearby neighborhoods — all part of the verdant and rocky Cevennes — also were hit with flooding.
A top regional official, Thierry Dousset, told French report channel BFM TV that the some 750 beings expelled came from five campsites.
The missing humankind, a 70 -year-old German citizen, was a monitor at one of the campsites who was feared to have been wiped apart by floodlight liquids along with his van, BFM-TV reported.
A search was underway for him. Nonetheless, Dousset, the top aide of the Gard administration, said no one knew for certain hitherto that “the mens” was in his van at the time.
The Gard administration also said four German children were hospitalized Thursday for hypothermia in Bagnols-sur-Ceze, a town on the Ceze River. 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 BFM TV numerous Dutch sightseers were among the 350 campers expelled in the town.
Authorities also said 119 children in nearby Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas were sent to situations of emergency shelter.
Hundreds of firefighters, many referred in from other regions, has contributed to the departures, use helicopters to discern tent areas and rarely to perform rescues.
Numerous arteries in the area abode cut off as nighttime fell.