Hundreds flee as floods sweep through camp sites in southern France

France news flooding southern France weather rain evacuation

A total of 136 German children on a school trip were trapped in the campsite and had to be rescued.

The missing person is a 70-year-old German man who is feared to have been swept away by floodwaters while inside his caravan, police said.

According to the interior ministry, a total of 1,600 people, a lot of them campers, were evacuated as a precaution in Gard and the nearby Ardeche and Drome regions.

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.

Four German children suffering from hypothermia were taken to hospital in Bagnols-sur-Ceze, around 65 miles from Montpellier.

The Gard is hugely popular with British holidaymakers in August, while many others from the United Kingdom have retired to the area, or have second homes there.

'A German pensioner remains missing after being swept away.

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He was the only person unaccounted for after a rescue operation at three campsites in the area, where a heatwave ended abruptly this week in storms that caused flash flooding.

Hundreds of firefighters backed by four helicopters helped in the evacuation.

A spokesman for the Gard Prefectures said: 'It is hoped that the flooding will reach its peak by around 11pm on Thursday'.

Authorities said 119 children in nearby Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas were sent to an emergency shelter.

The French weather service has issued orange and yellow alerts for parts of south-east France that will remain in place until 4pm on Friday.

Around 17,000 homes in the area are without power.

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