Tuesday 23 January 2018

Four feared dead as Germany hit by massive floods and thunderstorms

Workers remove mud from a street after the floods in the town of Schwaebisch Gmuend near Stuttgart, Germany, May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
Workers remove mud from a street after the floods in the town of Schwaebisch Gmuend near Stuttgart, Germany, May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
A damaged car is pictured after floods in the town of Schwaebisch Gmuend near Stuttgart, Germany, May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

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.

A damaged car is pictured after floods in the town of Schwaebisch Gmuend near Stuttgart, Germany, May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
A damaged car is pictured after floods in the town of Schwaebisch Gmuend near Stuttgart, Germany, May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

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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