Emergency workers helped and evacuated hundreds across southern France after flash floods abruptly transformed fields and roads into lakes and rivers, a report said.
As the threat of new rains grew for the region on Wednesday, the emergency response team of the Gard region announced that rescuers were in search of an individual who was reported missing in the evening floods.
There have been no reports of casualties. However, local authorities stated that the rains caused extensive destruction to infrastructure and homes across villages and towns in between Nimes and Montpellier.
Campground evacuees told local news that they witnessed the waters rise towards their campers. Around 800 firefighters were deployed to save people using helicopters as well as other methods.
The flooding comes after the extreme weather of last year, which saw massive wildfires close to the French Riviera and around the Mediterranean; and record-breaking floods across Germany and Belgium; and droughts, or heatwaves in other regions across the globe. Scientists have said that such weather incidents are common but occur more often now that the earth is warming due to human-caused climate change.