At least 33 are dead and dozens missing as heavy rains triggered flooding in Germany

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The road between Insul and Schuld, western Germany destroyed. Credit: AP
  • Torrential downpours have seen three months’ worth of rain fall in just three days across parts of Germany
  • At least thirty-three people are dead with up to 7o missing as homes collapsed and cars were swept away overnight

Heavy rains and floods in western Germany have killed at least thirty-three people and left more than 70 others missing, according to the local authorities.

The deaths reported on Thursday were in the states of North-Rhine Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, Aljazeera reports.

Four people died in the town of Schuld, amid heavy rains overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning, police said, while six homes were swept away by rising floodwaters.

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It comes after one firefighter drowned while trying to rescue people in the town of Altena on Wednesday while another collapsed and died during rescue operations at a power plant in Werdohl-Elverlingsen.

According to the Bild newspaper, one person died in the town of Rheinbach, around 20 miles south of Cologne. Though the exact circumstances of their death were unclear.

In the county of Euskirchen, another eight people were killed in connection with the flooding, emergency services said, with rescue operations still ongoing.

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Police said up to 70 more people are missing, most of the residents who were sheltering in their homes before they were swept away as roads turned into raging torrents.

The report also said a belt of cities, towns, and villages running from the east of Dortmund to south of Bonn in Germany’s most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia were all badly hit after three months of rain.

Police in the western city of Koblenz said Thursday that about 50 were trapped on the roofs of their houses awaiting rescue.

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