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Flooding Hits French Campsites

Posted 251 days ago | 10.08.18

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Flooding Hits French Campsites

Heavy rain, coming after a period of extremely hot weather has caused extensive flooding in France. The worst-hit regions are Gard, Ardeche and Drome. Almost 3in (8cm) of rain fell in a 24-hour period onto ground hardened by the dry weather, leaving 17,000 homes without power in the south-west and north-east of France. Six departments of France have been put on flood alert.

Around 1,600 people have been evacuated, most of whom were camping. Several of the areas were the venues for summer camps for children.

A Geman man who was supervising a summer camp and was brining children to safety is feared lost as the caravan he sought refuge in was swept away by the rushing waters. 

Regional police spokesman Jérôme Tallaron said 10 people had been taken to hospital with hypothermia and minor injuries, according to the news agency.

Further south in Europe temperatures are still the highest recorded, many in the 40s, making the heat intolerable and causing many casualties among people unused to such heat. Spain is particularly hard-hit.

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