At least six people died and 30 were reported missing because of the torrential rains and floods that have been registered in western Germany in recent hours, the authorities of the European country confirmed.
According to the Koblenz police, at least four people died in the Rhineland-Palatinate district of Ahrweiler, and after six houses collapsed as a result of heavy rains in the Schuld district, 30 people were reported missing.
In addition, according to the police, two firefighters died in rescue operations in the Märkisches Kreis in North Rhine-Westphalia. One of them died after falling in the water while rescuing a man, and another collapsed during another operation.
“The situation is very serious, we have many flooded streets and villages that are no longer accessible,” said the district administrator of the Vulkaneifel district, Julia Gieseking. A state of emergency has been imposed in this area, allowing the army to act.
On the other hand, at least one person died from the floods caused by the rains in Ostbelgien, which also led to the evacuation of summer camps and several municipalities, with the declaration of the “code red” in the provinces of Liège, Luxembourg and Namur.