German missing after flash flood in southern France

A rescuer walks in front of a damaged caravan in southern France

A rescuer walks in front of a damaged caravan in southern France

"When things had calmed down around four-ish we went down to the village and were met by the sight of water pouring down streets from hills into a completely changed raging river", she said, referring to the Ardeche river, which had been tranquil the previous day.

The Gard administration also said four German children were hospitalized on Thursday for hypothermia in Bagnols-sur-Ceze, a town on the Ceze River.

Hundreds of rescuers backed by helicopters moved out about 1,600 people, a lot of them campers, in three regions of southern France where heavy rain caused flash flooding and transformed rivers and streams into torrents, the interior minister said Thursday. All in the group, who are from the city of Leverkusen, are all accounted for and safe.

A search was underway for him.

Videos posted on social media showed flood water rushing through populated areas. "We just have what we're wearing", Rita Mauersberger, a German who was among the campers taking shelter, told France Info radio.

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

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

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

A spokesman for the Gard Prefectures said: 'It is hoped that the flooding will reach its peak by around 11pm on Thursday'.

A French prosecutor says that two Germans detained after 119 children were evacuated from their flooded campsite in southern are being sent before an investigative judge for possible charges of involuntary injury by endangering others.

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