France floods: German man missing, 1600 campers evacuated

France news flooding southern France weather rain evacuation

Torrential rains Wednesday caused the heavy flooding in the Gard region.

A 70-year-old German man is now missing from a summer camp in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, and other 400 emergency services personnel have been called in.

"When things had calmed down around four-ish we went down to the village and were met by the sight of water pouring down streets from hills into a completely changed raging river", she said, referring to the Ardeche.

A French judge placed two German nationals accused of operating an unlicensed holiday camp in southern France under formal investigation after a flash-flood swept through the site, leaving several children injured and one man missing.

The man was supervising a group of about 100 German children from the city of Leverkusen, who were evacuated from a campsite in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, 83 miles northeast of Montpellier.

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

"No one has suitcases".

Officials said 119 children in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas were sent to an emergency shelter. They were among 10 people hospitalized with minor injuries, the Gard Gendarmerie said on its Facebook page.

The French Interior Ministry said 1,600 people were evacuated from the region, including 750 people from five campsites.

The mayor of Bagnols, Jean-Yves Chapelet, told BFM TV many Dutch tourists were among the 350 campers evacuated in the town.

Residents in the area were urged to monitor the weather and give flood waters time to recede.

Nearly 75mm of rain fell over the area in just 24 hours with more outbreaks possible during the next few days.

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