GERMANY: Four people were killed and several went missing on Thursday after flooding in western Germany caused at least six houses to collapse. The death toll in the severe storm that came in two days has gone up to 6. Police say 4 people have died and 30 are missing in Ahrweiler in South Bonn.
The flood waters entered the houses, leaving about 50 people stranded on the roofs. A local man escaped safely from the flood after a flood warning was issued at 2 am. The 63-year-old man told SWR television that I have never experienced such devastation.
A police spokesman in Koblenz said firefighters and rescue workers were widely deployed. We don’t have a very precise picture right now. Malu Dreyer, the head of state of Rhineland-Palatinate, said the entire region was badly affected by the floods. Many people have died, many people are still missing and many people are still in danger. All our emergency services are working round the clock. She further said that I express my condolences to the victims of this flood disaster.
A police helicopter was deployed late Wednesday night to evacuate the people. Rescue workers themselves were trapped in some parts due to the strong current of flood waters. Two firefighters died on Wednesday in the Sauerland region of the neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia state, police said.
Head of State Armin Laschet is due to visit the city of Hagen, which has also been affected by floods, on Thursday morning. Rail and road transport were disrupted by floods and shipping has been suspended on parts of the Rhine.