Flooding in western Germany kills at least 80 people

2021-07-16 16:17:17Xinhua Editor : Li Yan ECNS App Download

Floods caused by persistent heavy rainfall in western Germany have killed at least 80 people, local media reported Friday morning.

The death toll in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate has risen to 50, and "the fear is that there will be more," said a police spokesman in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

According to figures previously released by the interior department of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, at least 30 people died in the state as a result of the disastrous weather.

The town of "Schuld an der Ahr" in the Rhineland-Palatinate state was the worst hit, with some houses destroyed by the floods, and several other counties have also been badly affected, according to the report.

The Rhineland-Palatinate state interior department previously told the media that "the fate of 40 to 60 people remains unclear" in the state.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, 23 districts have been affected.

Clean-up and recovery work is still underway and soldiers have arrived in the affected areas to support rescue efforts.


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