That reports the German newspaper Bild. The German states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate have been particularly hard hit by rainfall and flooding. For example, in several places the streets and squares turned into flowing rivers and basements and ground floors of houses were flooded in many villages.
At least four people were killed in the storm in the Ahrweiler region. One of the fatalities, a woman in the town of Heimersheim, is said to have drowned in her cellar, reports the regional broadcaster SWR. Also in Cologne, according to Bild, a 72-year-old woman and a 54-year-old man died in their flooded cellars.
The newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that on Wednesday two firefighters died in the Sauerland region. It concerns a 46-year-old man who had just rescued a victim but then ended up in the water, and a 52-year-old man who fell while working at a power plant.
Stuck on roofs
According to the police, many people were still trapped on the roof of their houses in the region on Thursday morning, some of which were in danger of collapsing. It would currently be about fifty people, the police writes Twitter.
Rescue operations have been set up in several places, including helicopters. The city of Mayen has also been hit by heavy rainfall and currents. The fire brigade and other emergency services warn of a mortal danger.
Just like South Limburg, the Eifel is known for its hills, which rise to almost 750 meters. The vast nature reserve is popular with walkers and cyclists. The Eifel is located next to a piece in Belgium for the most part in the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate.
The village of Darnau in Rhineland-Palatinate, located in a valley of the flooded River Ahr, is now completely submerged.
South of the Eifel, the Nims, a tributary that is normally about two meters wide, has widened to about two hundred meters.
In many places in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate it has rained heavily for more than 24 hours and the situation is critical.
Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.
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