Man missing and 750 evacuated from campsites as floods hit southern France

France news flooding southern France weather rain evacuation

Hardest hit was the Gard region, where 119 children, many of them from Germany, were evacuated from their campsite at Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said in a statement.

The Gard government said four German children were taken to hospital on Thursday suffering from hypothermia in Bagnols-sur-Cèze.

Around 750 people have had to be evacuated from flooded campsites in France by helicopter.

A 70-year-old German man who had been helping to supervise children at a summer camp at Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, was feared to have been swept away by floodwaters along with his van.

A senior Gard official, Thierry Dousset, told the rolling news channel BFMTV that hundreds of people had been evacuated from five campsites.

'A German pensioner remains missing after being swept away.

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They were among 10 people treated for minor injuries. We just have what we're wearing, ' Rita Mauersberger, a visitor from Germany who was among the campers taking shelter in a local hall in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, told France Info radio.

Hundreds of firefighters and police took part in the rescue operations, using helicopters to help spot affected campsites and carry out some people.

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.

UK Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said almost 3in of rain fell over the area in 24 hours.

Around 19,000 homes are without power, Le Monde reported.

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