Rescuers evacuated 750 people, including many children and tourists, from campsites in southern France after heavy rains swelled the rivers in the Garda region. One person is missing.
A senior Gard official, Thierry Dousset, told the rolling news channel BFMTV that hundreds of people had been evacuated from five campsites.
The TV channel reported that the missing person was a 70-year-old German man, a monitor at one campsite who was said to have been swept away inside his van.
The Gard government said four German children were taken to hospital on Thursday suffering from hypothermia in Bagnols-sur-Cèze. The mayor of Bagnols, Jean-Yves Chapelet, told BFMTV that a large number of Dutch tourists were among the 350 campers evacuated.
Authorities said 119 children in nearby Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas were sent to an emergency shelter.
Hundreds of firefighters backed by four helicopters were involved in the evacuation mission.