France floods: German man missing, 1600 campers evacuated

France news flooding southern France weather rain evacuation

France news flooding southern France weather rain evacuation

"I looked out and saw that the water level seemed higher than just massive puddles", she said.

The missing German was supervising the children at the camp.

Divers have not found a 66-year-old holidaymaker who sought refuge from the swollen river in his caravan, only to be swept away. Everything is being done to try and find him, with waterways being searched where possible.

He added: 'Helicopters are being used in the relief operations, with valleys particularly badly hit'. "We just have what we're wearing", Rita Mauersberger, a visitor from Germany who was among the campers taking shelter in a local hall in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, told France Info radio.

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France's interior ministry said in a statement that four helicopters and 400 police, security staff and firefighters have been involved in the rescue so far.

Locals are being urged to keep a close eye on weather conditions and warned flooding would take time to recede.

UK Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said almost 3in (7.6cm) of rain fell over the area in 24 hours. A sizzling heatwave across Spain has left 10 people dead in a week.

Pictures showed rescuers wading through flooded campsites with damage to tents, caravans and bicycles.

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The public prosecutor for the region confirmed to AFP that the president and vice-president of the association that brought the children from Leverkusen to the village of Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas were being held on suspicion of causing unintentional injury and endangering the lives of others.

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.

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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