French prosecutor seeks charges for two Germans in camp flood

France news flooding southern France weather rain evacuation

French authorities are still looking for a 67-year-old man, reportedly a German citizen serving as the campsite's monitor, who was reported missing and feared swept away with his camping vehicle.

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

Heavy floods have forced the evacuation of 1600 people - a lot of them campers - in southern France, officials say.

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

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.

Eva Tapiero reported from Paris and Judith Vonberg wrote in London. All in the group, who are from the city of Leverkusen, are all accounted for and safe.

A fellow camper told France's BFMTV channel that as the river surged through the site, he could hear children's cries in the trees.

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The Ardeche, Gard and Drôme regions have been hardest hit so far.

'No one has suitcases.

Ten people were hospitalized with hypothermia and minor injuries, the Gard Gendarmerie said on its Facebook page.

The newspaper Le Monde identified the two as the president and vice president of the Jugendförderung Saint-Antonius group, which owned the land where the campsite was located, in the village of Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas in the Gard region.

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

Flood alerts continue across the southeast region, and 17,000 homes in the southwest and northeast are without power.

Nearly 75mm of rain fell over the area in just 24 hours with more outbreaks possible during the next few days.

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