At least four people killed in flooding in southern Germany


At least four people killed in flooding in southern Germany

At least four people have been killed in floods in the southern German state of Bavaria and thousands of households were cut off from electricity, officials said on Thursday (June 02).

Firemen found three women who drowned in the basement of a flooded house in the town of Simbach am Inn some 120 km (75 miles) east from Munich, police said.

At least two people were missing in the district of Rottal-Inn. “We’re expecting the worst,” police spokesman Michael Emmer said, adding divers were searching for those missing.

Local resident Else Seeburger said they had been taken by surprise by the speed and level of the flooding.

“The water came so fast, it was up at the first floor within five minutes. We saved ourselves by going into the attic and attached red cloths to a broom-handle and waved out of the window for people to come and get us, and after about three hours my grandson climbed onto the roof and the helicopter then reacted, he said.”

Another woman told how her neighbour had been unable to get out of the house because the water was jamming the door so they had to sit upstairs with the water rising around then.

“They said ‘we will be crying today, they were hanging on the door to trying to get it open, and it wouldn’t open already, and the water was already there, and then after ten minutes all the windows broke and then the second wave of water came. But they were already upstairs by then, and they were sitting in the water, and she couldn’t even say if the water was warm or cold, she was barefoot, but she can’t say, she was in such shock.”

“We have had floods before, but this time it is so much worse. Everything, we have been rebuilding for a year, this house is newly renovated from top to bottom and it is all broken again, and the shop here that is rented, you can see what has happened there,” Else Seeburger said as she pointed at the devastation.

Several thousand households were cut off from electricity in the flooded region close to the Austrian border, an official said.

Weather forecasters said more rain was expected in the region on Thursday, further complicating the rescue works.

Earlier this week, three people were killed in floods in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and a young girl was killed by a train as she took shelter from the rain under a railway bridge.

 

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