Storms and heavy rains have caused flooding in several parts of northwestern Germany. In an instant, a few cities like small pictures have now become mortal. At least 61 people have been killed, according to the latest ARD news reports from Reuters. More than a thousand missing.
Meteorologists have forecast heavy rains in the area. All types of shipping have been stopped.
Due to heavy rains throughout the day last Wednesday and Thursday night, the banks of the Rhine and Moselle tributaries overflowed. The water of the Kharsrota River flows into small towns. Before the residents understand anything, the water of the rivers enters the roads and houses.
The death toll could rise further, Cologne City Police said. About 1.5 lakh people are without electricity in the flood-hit areas. Two firefighters were killed during the rescue operation.
Heavy rains and storms in the early hours of Wednesday evening and Thursday morning caused several old structures to collapse in the town of Eiffel in Hawaii. Several people are still missing. Rescue operations are underway in the North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate provinces.
A private clinic called Leverkusen went out of power early Thursday morning.
A spokesman for the town of Coblanche said the entire district of Ahrwaila was hit by the storm. Police rescued about 50 people who took shelter on the roof. The spokesman said that garbage was piled up everywhere.
The German army has been conducting rescue operations in flood-hit areas of the North Rhine-Westphalia region since Thursday morning. Vehicles parked on the road in several areas were seen floating in the water.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on victims to stand by.