1,600 people evacuated due to flash flooding in France

  • 1,600 people evacuated due to flash flooding in France

1,600 people evacuated due to flash flooding in France

Hundreds of tourists have been whisked to safety in helicopters after flash floods submerged campsites in southern France.

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

Rescuers believe the man sought shelter in his camper when fast-flowing water burst the banks of the nearby L'Ardeche River, but the vehicle was swept away.

Almost 120 children were evacuated from the site as emergency teams helped around 750 people to safety across the Gard region.

Divers were reported to be taking part in the search for the man, although a top regional official said it was not known for certain whether the man was in his caravan at the time it was swept away.

Four German children suffering from hypothermia were taken to hospital in Bagnols-sur-Ceze, around 65 miles from Montpellier. They were among 10 people hospitalized with minor injuries, the Gard Gendarmerie said on its Facebook page.

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

'No one has suitcases.

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

Nearly 75mm of rain fell over the area in just 24 hours with more outbreaks possible during the next few days. Around 17,000 homes in the southwest and northeast were without power.