June 22, 2018

Five dead in Germany and France floods

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At least five people were killed in flooding across France and Germany on Wednesday (June 1).

Search teams in the Bavarian town of Simbach am Inn found three bodies who had been trapped in a house and a woman was found dead by a nearby stream. In central France an 86-year-old woman lost her life, BBC reports on Thursday (June 2).

Dozens of towns have been flooded and people have been saved by helicopter.

Forecasters say waters are expected to keep rising for several days.
The floods are thought to have caused substantial damage.

The worst affected area in southern Germany is the district of Rottal Inn, where a disaster centre has been established.

In the town of Triftern, rivers and streams ruptured their banks. Floodwaters dragged along cars, trees and furniture from flooded homes.

In many places the water reached several meters above street level. The inhabitants, astonished by the sudden flooding, had to be rescued by helicopter.

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