Tuesday 20 March 2018

Storms leave 15 dead in central Europe

Rob Strybel in Warsaw

Rescue workers were forced to evacuate victims after heavy rains and stormy winds across central Europe killed at least 15 people over the weekend.

Heavy downpours on Saturday caused rivers to overflow their banks and a dam to burst, submerging Bogatynia and other towns in the south-west corner of Poland and killing at least three people, Polish officials said yesterday.

One woman drowned in Bogatynia on Saturday, and the body of another woman and a 55-year-old rescuer swept away by a dam burst on Saturday were found yesterday.

Flood damage and deaths were also reported in neighbouring countries. The death toll in the Czech Republic grew to five yesterday with another three missing and feared drowned.

On Saturday, three people died in the German town of Neukirchen, near the Czech border.

And in neighbouring Lithuania, falling trees and structures killed four and injured several, with thousands being left without electricity after storm winds hit the country yesterday.

The weekend deluge followed major spring and summer flooding across Poland which caused widespread property damage and claimed some two dozen lives.

In Germany, authorities at the weekend also evacuated some 1,400 people around the town of Goerlitz, on the border with Poland, where they expected the flooding level to rise after topping seven metres.

Irish Independent

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Editors Choice

Also in World News