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Hundreds evacuated from campsites as southern France hit by flash flooding

Hundreds evacuated from campsites as southern France hit by flash flooding

BFM-TV said he was a 70-year-old German citizen serving as a monitor at the Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas site and feared to have been swept away by floodwaters along with his van.

About 750 people in total - including many British holidaymakers - were evacuated in Gard, mainly from campsites, district officials reported.

He was sheltering inside the caravan - said by police to have later been found "empty and in pieces" - after being trapped by muddy, fast-flowing water after the Ardeche river burst its banks.

Hundreds of rescue workers, including firefighters, police and helicopters, have been deployed to the region to evacuate imperiled campers, many of whom are children. Everything is being done to try and find him, with waterways being searched where possible.

The worst hit areas are Gard, Ardèche and Drôme, which are all popular holiday sites. They were among 10 people hospitalized with minor injuries, the Gard Gendarmerie said on its Facebook page.

"No one has suitcases".

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The statement added that 119 children from a campsite in the town of Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas in southern France had been "sheltered" from the floods.

More than 400 firefighters and gendarmes, many sent in from other regions, helped in the evacuations, using helicopters to spot campsites and occasionally to perform rescues.

Several parts of central and southeast France are on flood alert after weeks of blazing temperatures erupted in storms on Thursday, turning several campsites into mudbaths.

Numerous roads in the affected area remained cut off as night fell.

Heavy rain meant tents were destroyed, while about 17,000 homes were without power.