4 pre­sumed dead af­ter Ger­man flood


BERLIN: Rain­storms in south­west­ern Ger­many trig­gered flood­ing that left one small town lit­tered with de­bris and rub­ble, and led to ac­ci­dents late Sun­day and early Mon­day in which four peo­ple were pre­sumed dead.

In Sch­wae­bisch Gmuend, a fire­fighter and a man he was try­ing to res­cue were sucked into a flooded un­der­pass. Both men were pre­sumed dead, though their bodies hadn’t yet been re­cov­ered Mon­day, po­lice said. The body of a third vic­tim was found in a flooded garage in Weiss­bach near the city of Heil­bronn. And in Schorn­dorf, near Stuttgart, a train fa­tally struck a 13-year-old girl as she shel­tered from the rain un­der a rail­way bridge Sun­day evening.

Much of Ger­many and Europe ex­pe­ri­enced heavy rain­storms over the week­end.

NATURAL DIS­AS­TER: Peo­ple in­spect the dam­age caused by the floods in the town of Brauns­bach, in Baden-Wuert­tem­berg, Ger­many, on Mon­day. (Reuters)

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