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France floods: 1,600 people evacuated after heavy rain

France floods: 1,600 people evacuated after heavy rain

The regions affected by the flooding in southern France are popular with British tourists during the summer.

The 75-year-old man was accompanying a group of about 100 German children who were evacuated from a campsite in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, some 60 kilometres north of Avignon in the Gard region.

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

Rachel Buchanan, from Oxford, was left with a "frightening" drive through floodwaters that had hit a site near a river in the neighbouring Ardeche region.

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

"The level and speed of the river today was extraordinary - we woke up in about a foot of water", she told the BBC.




Police said the caravan was later found "empty and in pieces" after being swept away by water that overflowed from the Ardeche River.

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

Supported by four helicopters, more than 400 firefighters and paramilitary officers were mobilized for the rescue operation.

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

Many roads in the area were left cut off, with the authorities urged members of the public to be prepared for more disruption.

About 17,000 homes in southwest and northeast France were without power and several roads were closed as a result of the floods.


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