German death toll climbs to 156 as Bavaria hit by flash floods

BERLIN, 19 July 2021, (TON): Flash floods hit southern Germany, killing at least one person and adding to the devastation after flooding in the country this week that killed more than 150 people.

The Berchtesgadener Land district in Bavaria, which borders Austria, became the latest region to be hit by record rainfall and ensuing floods.

Sunday’s death brought the death toll to 156 in the country’s worst natural disaster in almost six decades.

According to police “some 110 people were killed in the worst-hit Ahrweiler district south of Cologne. More bodies are expected to be found as the flood waters recede.”

Over the past several days the floods, which have mostly hit the states of Rhineland Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, have cut off entire communities from power and communications. In North Rhine-Westphalia at least 45 were killed.

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