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Rescue workers in Germany search stranded vehicles as flood waters recede

CA, 18 Jul 2021
Rescue workers searched vehicles stranded on a flooded highway just outside of Erftstadt on Saturday, one of the flood-ravaged parts of western Germany, as water levels remained high in many towns and houses continued to collapse in the country's worst natural disaster in half a century.

As the flood waters receded, emergency workers were able to access the vehicles and with the help of divers went carefully through making sure no victims were trapped inside.

Since the rainfall began, water has burst riverbanks and cascaded through communities, toppling telephone towers and tearing down homes along its path. At least 133 people have been killed in western Germany and hundreds more were still unaccounted for.

Over the past several days the floods, which have mostly hit the states of Rhineland Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, have cut off entire communities from power and communications.

Many houses also collapsed after the flood waters rushed through Erftstadt-Blessem, which carved a new valley into the countryside, leaving the ground around it very unstable.

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