1,600 people evacuated as flash floods threaten French camp sites

One German tourist has been reported missing

One German tourist has been reported missing

He was accompanying a group of around 100 German children.

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

According to the interior ministry, a total of 1,600 people, majority campers, were evacuated as a precaution in Gard and the nearby Ardeche and Drome regions.

A total of 10 people in the region were hospitalized for minor injuries due to the flash floods.

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.

The Gard is hugely popular with British holidaymakers in August, while many others from the United Kingdom have retired to the area, or have second homes there.

Rescue operations were in place at three different campsites in the region on Thursday.

Hardest hit was the Gard region, where 119 children, many of them from Germany, were evacuated from their campsite at Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said in a statement.

"No one has suitcases".

More than 400 firefighters and police - as well as four helicopters - have been deployed.

Numerous roads in the area remained cut off as night fell. Authorities warned that the flooding would take time to recede and urged people to be vigilant.

Around 17,000 homes in the area are without power.