France floods: 1,600 evacuated, German missing at campsite

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Heavy floods have forced the evacuation of 1,600 people – most of them campers – in southern France, officials say.

They say a 70-year-old German man who was helping to supervise children at one of the summer camps is missing.

The worst-hit areas are Gard, Ardèche and Drôme.

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

The flooding comes after southern France – and much of Europe – experienced unusually hot weather.

the French interior ministry said six departments were placed on a flood alert.

In one summer camp in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, 119 children were evacuated.The missing German was supervising the children at the camp.

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