Flooding moved across southern and eastern Germany and neighboring Austria on Sunday, as heavy rains in alpine areas swelled rivers and submerged several towns in the valleys.
After the deadly floods that hit western Germany and Belgium last week, authorities further east built concrete barriers to protect vulnerable communities, evacuated potential hot spots, and towed cars away. parking lots to prevent the torrent from crushing them against the houses.
The newly endangered areas are on both sides of the German-Austrian border and further east in the German state of Saxony.
Authorities in Bavaria have reported that one person has died in the flooding which began on Saturday evening. The Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden seems the most affected, as well as Neustadt in Saxony.
In Austria, Hallein was hit hard, with water sweeping cars through the city’s medieval center.
Some homes in those areas were evacuated on Sunday morning, train services were partially closed, and people were urged to stay home and avoid using their cars.
Meanwhile, the situation in western Germany as well as Belgium and the Netherlands was returning to normal after days of catastrophic flooding that left around 180 people dead.
On Sunday, the death toll climbed to nearly 160 in Germany, according to authorities, who said more victims were being discovered as the waters receded.
The emergency services, helped by soldiers and volunteers, cleared the rubble and took care of the survivors.
Police in Cologne, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, announced on Saturday that more than 200 officers had been dispatched to the area to prevent the looting that had occurred in the wake of the floods.
Officers also warned of people going to the affected areas out of curiosity and hampering the work of rescuers.
“Now is not the time to visit disaster-affected areas where many people have suffered great suffering and loss,” Rhineland-Palatinate state police tweeted on Saturday.
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