Heavy rain and severe flooding caused the collapse of six houses in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in western Germany, leaving dozens missing and many stranded on rooftops. According to the latest reports from the scene of the incident, the death toll now stands at 19 and the number of missing is about 70 people. Rescuers also said that about 25 houses were in danger of collapsing in the state’s Shuld district.
“Right now we have an unclear number of people on rooftops who need to be rescued,” a Koblenz police spokesman told Reuters, adding that “there are many places where firefighters and rescue workers have been deployed. We do not yet have a very accurate picture because the rescues continue.” Yesterday two firefighters drowned and the army was deployed to help stranded residents, while public transport in the area was stopped.
The German Weather Service has issued an extreme weather warning for parts of the country, while the city of Hagen with 180,000 residents has declared a state of emergency after a river running through the city overflowed.