Holidaymakers evacuated as floods hit southern France

France news flooding southern France weather rain evacuation

In one summer camp in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, 119 children were evacuated.

French rescuers are still searching for an elderly German man who went missing after floodwaters ripped through a campsite in southern France on Thursday.

Heavy floods have forced the evacuation of 1600 people - a lot of them campers - in southern France, officials say.

Torrential rain swelled rivers in the Gard region in southern France, flooding five campsites.

Collomb, the interior minister, said in a statement that 1,600 people were evacuated as a precaution in the Gard, the Ardeche and the Drome regions.

The Ardeche river burst its banks and and he sought shelter inside his caravan, but it was swept away.

However, Dousset, the top aide of the Gard administration, said no one knew for certain yet that the man was in his van at the time.

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Jean-Yves Chapelet, mayor of Bagnols, said many Dutch tourists were among the 350 campers evacuated there.

Ten people were taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia and minor injuries, said regional police spokesman Jerome Tallaron.

He added: 'Helicopters are being used in the relief operations, with valleys particularly badly hit'.

Rescuers walk past a damaged tent in a flooded camp ground in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, southern France.

More than 400 firefighters and police - as well as four helicopters - have been deployed.

Numerous roads in the affected area remained cut off as night fell.

Several parts of central and southeast France are on flood alert after weeks of blazing temperatures erupted in storms on Thursday, turning several campsites into mudbaths. Around 17,000 homes in the southwest and northeast were without power.

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