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-

Flooding in West Germany (Photo: REUTERS / Wolfgang Rattay)

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-

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