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

Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas southern France.- The bad weather caused large power cuts and a man who was working in a summer camp went missin

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

One person is missing and more than 1,600 people have been evacuated with the help of helicopters after torrential rain caused flooding in southern France.

A total of 1,600 people, majority campers, were rescued across Gard and the nearby Ardeche and Drome regions, according to France's interior ministry.

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

'A German pensioner remains missing after being swept away.

Around 120 gendarmes, 300 firemen and four helicopters carried out the rescue operation.


Videos posted on social media showed flood water rushing through populated areas. 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. Authorities warned that the flooding would take time to recede and urged people to be vigilant.

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

The man, who is believed to be in his 70s, was helping supervise over 119 German children and youths who were camping in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas.

The French weather service has issued orange and yellow alerts for parts of southeast France that will remain in place until 4pm.

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

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