According to regional officials, after heavy rains triggered flash floods in parts of germany, damaging homes and disrupting transport, 18 people died and dozens were unaccounted for around the wine growing region of arwyler in rhineland, palatinate state police said after the our river that flows into the rhine Broke its banks and brought down half a dozen houses, another 15 people died in the uskirchen region. South of the city of bonn. Authorities said people in the region were asked to evacuate their homes. There are people dead. There are people missing. There are many who are still in danger: the governor of state malu dreyer told the regional parliament. On thursday we have never seen such a disaster, it’s, really devastating. The full extent of the damage in the region was still unclear. After many villages were cut off by floodwater and landslides that made roads impassable. Large parts of western germany were hit by heavy continuous rain on wednesday night, which continued on thursday, resulting in local flash floods that destroyed buildings and swept away cars. Video footage from bad newand about 60 kilometers 37 miles northwest of koblenz showed cars and trucks strewn across streets in one sport, utility vehicle perched on a fence, a road blocked by wreckage and fallen trees, as floodwaters receded authorities in the western german region of? U skirchen said: eight deaths had been reported there in connection with the floods. Rescue operations were hampered by the fact that phone and internet connections were down in parts of the county which is southwest of cologne.
What you see here now is worse than after a bombing raid, rosa lahogner, a resident of the historic spa town of bad monster. Rifle told the associated press news agency, adding that local businesses would face difficulties for years to come. Another resident siegfried bird called it an emergency like world war ii authorities used inflatable boats and helicopters, and the german army deployed 200 soldiers to assist in the rescue operation. German chancellor, angela merkel, has expressed her shock at the scale of the catastrophe. I am shocked by the catastrophe that so many people in the flood areas have to endure merkel, said in a tweet posted by her press spokesman. My sympathy goes to the families of the dead and missing. She said to the many tireless helpers and emergency workers. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Authorities have declared an emergency in the region after days of torrential downpours caused disruption in rail, road and river transport. Rail, road and river transport was disrupted. Police said two men aged 77 and 82 died after their house’s basements were flooded in the western cities of cayman and wuppertal, where authorities warned that a dam could burst police in the western city of coblen said four people had died in arwyler county, a firefighter drowned On wednesday, during rescue work in the western german town of altina and another man was missing in the eastern town of jostat after disappearing, while trying to secure his property from rising waters, authorities said in the city of trier.
About 2000 residents have been stranded due to the flooding the authority said about 470 people were evacuated from a hospital in the city of leverkusen after the emergency power failed overnight in solingen about 600 people were also forced to abandon their homes. Heavy rainstorms are expected in southwestern germany on thursday, with continuous rains.