Germany floods: Eight dead and 60 missing as houses washed away by massive rains

Germany: Floods seen in Bavaria following torrential rainfall

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Heavy rain has caused the collapse of six homes in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Around 25 buildings in the district of Schuld bei Adenau in the hilly Eiffel region are at risk of caving in, according to broadcaster SWR. This morning police in western city of Koblenz confirmed four people had died in the Ahrweiler district as a result of the flooding. A spokesman for the police said the victims were found in several different places. 

Officers said 50 to 60 people remained unaccounted for.

A police spokesman said “very many” residents in the town of Schuld had claimed onto the roofs of their houses in a bid to escape the fast-rising water. He said the rescue operation was in full swing.

Two men, aged 77 and 82, died after their basements were flooded in the western cities of Kamen and Wuppertal, according to police.

Yesterday the floods claimed the lives of two firemen in western Germany, one who died while carrying out rescue work in the western German town of Altena.

And two people died in Belgium in incidents relating to the floods, according to reports. 

The latest death toll has been put at 11. 

Germany floods: 30 people missing after six houses collapse - 'Extremely dangerous'

Germany floods: 30 people missing after six houses collapse – ‘Extremely dangerous’ (Image: Getty Images)

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Streets in Hagen, western Germany, were flooded (Image: GETTY)

Two relief workers from a local civil protection agency were caught up in the floods.

This morning the pair were said to be trapped on the roof of their car in Messerich in the district of Bitburg-Prüm. A spokesman for the district said their lives were in danger.

According to Belgian media, two people died in the province of Liège in connection with heavy rains. The circumstances surrounding their deaths remain unclear.

One of the people was killed in Aywaille, around 40km from the German border.

And a 22-year-old man is said to be missing after jumping into a raging stream with a swimming tyre in the Belgian city of Eupen.

Malu Dreyer, premier of Rhineland-Palatinate, tweeted: “The storm hit our country hard. I fear for everyone who is in danger.

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Flooding in West Germany

Flooding in West Germany (Image: Getty Images)

“I would like to thank all helpers, fire brigades and emergency services who tirelessly fight against the water masses with great commitment.”

The situation in the rural district of Eifelkreis Bitburg-Prum has been described as “extremely dangerous”.

The once-in-a-generation floods have left many people stranded on rooftops, police said.

Police in Koblenz put out a call on Twitter for people to send pictures and videos of those missing and feared dead.

A spokesperson for the force said: “We currently have an unclear number of people on roofs who need to be rescued.

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A man in Hagen, western Germany, removed his shoes and walked along a wall to avoid the flood (Image: GETTY)

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Residents in Hagen, western Germany, put out sandbags to try to stop the waters (Image: GETTY)

“There are many places where fire brigades and rescue workers have been deployed.

“We do not yet have a very precise picture because rescue measures are continuing.”

A clinic in Leverkusen, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia had to be evacuated this morning due to a power failure caused by the flooding.

All operations and appointments had to be cancelled, affecting 468 patients.

The Leverkusen Clinic said the power went out overnight and “some of the medical equipment in the intensive care units had to be powered by batteries”.

Twelve children and 15 adults were transferred to nearby hospitals overnight.

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Dozens of people were missing on Thursday morning after the floods (Image: GETTY)

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Flooding in Germany – City of Hagen on July 14 (Image: Getty images)

An 82-year-old man died after falling into the flooded basement of his home in Solingen.

During the fall, his head went underwater, according to a spokeswoman for the Wuppertal police.

The man was rescued from a cellar shaft and resuscitated but died after being taken to hospital.

The army was deployed to help stranded residents in the country’s most populous region as roads and transport systems were overwhelmed. 

Hagen, a city of 180,000, declared a state of emergency after the Volme river burst its banks.

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A man wades through the flood waters in Hagen (Image: GETTY)

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The floods caused damage to roads and swept houses away (Image: GETTY)

Three of Germany’s western states have issued an extreme weather warning.

District Administrator Julia Gieseking described the situation as very serious”.

She said: “We have many flooded roads and villages that are no longer accessible.”

Last night authorities in the Trier region said more than 4,500 calls were made to the fire department’s rescue control centre. Firefighters were sent out on 2,000 missions.

In the city of Trier, the Kyll, a tributary of the Moselle, threatened to overflow in the Ehrang district.

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Effects of floods in the UK (Image: EXPRESS)

The river Rhine July 14

The river Rhine flooded its banks on July 14 (Image: Getty Images)

Hundreds of locals were put on standby overnight to evacuated their homes at short notice.

Around 1,500 people in Hückeswagen in the Bergisches Land had to leave their homes.

A spokesman for the local police force said: “During the evacuation measures a lot has to be done by boat because the roads are no longer passable.”

He added: “The dam that threatened to break is so far safe.”

In the area around the dam, however, there are large-scale floods.

Harry Byrne

Harry Byrne

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