BERLIN, July 15 (Reuters) – Flooding in western Germany has left six people dead and many missing, and at least six houses collapsed.
Police said on Thursday four people were dead and 30 missing around the Ahrweiler wine pole south of Bonn after the Ahr river, which flows into the Rhine, burst its banks, bringing down houses. About 50 of them were stranded on rooftops and more houses were at risk of collapsing.
“There are a lot of places where firefighters and first aiders have been deployed. We do not yet have a very precise picture because the rescue measures are continuing, ”said a police spokesperson.
Two firefighters died on Wednesday in the Sauerland region north-east of Bonn, police said. DPA news agency said one drowned and a second collapsed after a rescue operation.
Rail and road transport are disrupted and navigation on the Rhine, an important commercial artery, is suspended.
More heavy rains were expected in southwestern Germany, on the German upper Rhine, on Thursday and Friday, the German weather service said.
Reporting by Riham Alkousaa and Douglas Busvine; Editing by Kevin Liffey
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