Tuesday 22 August 2017

Four feared dead as Germany hit by rainstorms and flooding

Cars are covered in rubble on a street in Braunsbach, south-western Germany (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)
Cars are covered in rubble on a street in Braunsbach, south-western Germany (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)

Four people are presumed dead in south-west Germany after rainstorms triggered flooding that left one small town littered with debris and rubble.

A firefighter and a man he was trying to rescue in Schwaebisch Gmuend were sucked into a flooded underpass.

Both men were presumed dead, though their bodies had not yet been recovered on Monday, police said.

The body of a third victim was found in a flooded garage in Weissbach near the city of Heilbronn.

In Schorndorf, near Stuttgart, a train fatally struck a 13-year-old girl as she sheltered from the rain under a railway bridge on Sunday evening.

In the small town of Braunsbach, two streams burst their banks, unleashing floodwaters that destroyed one house, damaged several others and left streets strewn with debris.

Much of Germany and Europe experienced heavy rainstorms over the weekend.

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