Two firefighters and buildings collapse in Germany following floods in the western and southern parts of the country. Dozens of people were trapped on the roofs.
“We have not seen so much rain in 100 years in some areas,” German Meteorological Service (DWT) spokesman Andreas Friedrich told CNN. “We have seen more than twice the amount of rain in some areas, which has caused flooding and unfortunately some building structures have collapsed.”
The worst affected areas are North-Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Charland, Friedrich added.
On the Belgian border, local media reported that at least two people had died in the floods there, but CNN could not confirm those reports.
European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen said on Thursday: “My thoughts are with the families of those affected by the disasters in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, and those who lost their homes.
“The EU is ready to help. Affected countries can call on the EU civil defense mechanism,” Van der Leyen tweeted.
The German military said in a tweet on Thursday that it had sent troops to some of the worst-hit areas in the country.
In the western city of Koblens, four people died and about 50 people were trapped on the roofs of houses waiting to be rescued, police spokesman Ulrich Sobard told CNN.
Police said two firefighters were killed – one in Sauerland, northeast of Bonn, and the other in the country’s most populous region, north-Rhine Westphalia.
A state of emergency has been declared in Hagen, a city of 180,000 people in north-Rhine Westphalia after the Volm River erupted its banks.
The ship ran aground on the Rhine, one of the longest and most important arteries for German industrial transport, NTV reported.
Friedrich said it rained a mixture of cold and hot rain. “It came to France from France earlier this week and has been sitting on Germany for the past 48 hours,” he said.
Despite the heavy rainfall over the upper Rhine in southwestern Germany, we now predict that the worst of the rains will be over. [Thursday] And on Friday, ” a DWT spokesman added.