France floods: 1,600 tourists evacuated and one missing at campsites

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A British holidaymaker has described being terrified as a "raging river" submerged her campsite in southern France after flash flooding forced the evacuation of hundreds of people.

In one summer camp in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, 119 children were evacuated.

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

After weeks of dry and hot conditions, recent torrential downpours quickly swelled the Ceze and L'Ardeche rivers in the Gard region.

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.

One person was reported missing.

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Trapped by a muddy, fast-flowing torrent after the Ardeche river burst its banks he sought shelter inside his caravan, but the vehicle was swept away.

Four of the rescued German children were taken to the hospital suffering from hypothermia, officials said.

'Driving in our camper van was very frightening as the road by the river was completely under water and waterfalls had appeared from nowhere, crashing down the gorge'.

Helicopters were used to spot campsites and occasionally to perform rescues.

Roads remained close throughout these Gard, Ardeche and Drome, but will be reopening as the water level gets lower.

The weather in the southeast of France has improved this morning but authorities are urging people to stay vigilant as the flooding are receding.

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