At least 33 killed as heavy rains batter western Germany
Al Jazeera, 15 Jul 2021
At least 33 people have died and dozens are missing, according to regional officials, after heavy rains triggered flash floods in parts of Germany, damaging homes and disrupting transport.
The deaths reported on Thursday were in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate where around the wine-growing hub of Ahrweiler 18 people died due to the extreme weather conditions.
In the small town of Schuld in Rhineland-Palatinate, four houses were swept away by rising floodwaters, while two others were partly washed away. Some 50 to 70 people are missing, the authorities said.
“There are people dead, there are people missing, there are many who are still in danger,” the governor of Rhineland-Palatinate state, Malu Dreyer, told the regional parliament. “We have never seen such a disaster. It’s really devastating.”
Al Jazeera's Jillian Wolf reports.
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