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- Sounds like a disaster - VG

– Sounds like a disaster – VG

The storm that swept the worst of western Germany has now also spread to the southeast of the country and into Austria.


Death toll rises after floods in central Europe. On Sunday, AFP reported that 156 people have died in Germany, and 183 in Europe in total.

Hundreds of people are still missing and the authorities fear the death toll will rise.

The western parts of Germany were the hardest hit, especially the states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia. In Rhineland-Palatinate alone, police have reported 110 deaths.

Devastation: The hard-hit city of Sjöld in the Rhineland-Palatinate has been hit hard. Photo: SASCHA STEINBACH / EPA

The neighboring countries of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Switzerland in the west also caused extensive damage to homes, vehicles and infrastructure. A total of 27 people were reported killed in Belgium.

Now the flood has also spread to neighboring Austria in the east.

The tense situation in Austria

Heavy rains led to major flooding in the Salzburg and Tirol regions of Austria. Emergency services are working hard, and videos from the area show cars being washed by blocks of water.

He writes that parts of the historic city center of Hallen were flooded after the Kothbach River overflowed Standard.

Dozens of residents were forced to evacuate.

The floods reached the Salzburg and Tyrol regions of Austria:

Police say the currents have become strong. They call the situation very tense and sometimes exciting.

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Mayor Alexander Stanginger says: Salzburg news That there are people in danger who must be rescued by helicopter.

– The situation looks like a disaster, he says.

According to Focus, a spokesperson for the city of Hallen said they estimate the loss of millions. There was extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure, but no one was reported missing or injured on Sunday morning.

People have always been asked to be careful not to go into their cellars. No injuries were reported in the area so far.

The situation is also tense in other parts of the Austrian Alps. Around Kitzbühel in Tyrol, firefighters pumped water from several cellars.

In Vienna, emergency services have moved to more than 900 missions, he writes Standard.

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– It can get really bad

In addition, more rain is expected in the next 24 hours in several places in Europe.

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– Today it will rain very heavy in Austria and things will get worse there. It can reach 50-100 mm so far. Down towards Slovenia, Bosnia/Herzegovina and Croatia there may be more rainfall than Austria. It could get really bad throughout today and tomorrow, says StormGeo’s meteorologist on duty, Olav Krogsæter, to TV 2.

In the South Tyrol region of northern Italy, meteorologists have recorded a record amount of rain in the past 24 hours.

Nearly 50 liters of rain per square meter fell between Saturday morning and Sunday evening in the Northern Province, NTB writes.

In Sicily, emergency services are constantly on the move, but so far no serious damage has been reported.

Southern Germany: – Emergency calls come all the time

Flood now also writes in the Bavarian region, southern Germany focus. A state of emergency has been declared in the Berchtesgadener Land region in southern Bavaria due to heavy rain and flooding.

A spokesman for Agence France-Presse reported that a person lost his life in the area.

The fire service was working hard until Sunday night, and police described the situation as tragic, Focus writes.

A spokesman for the Operations Center in Traunstein, said Saturday evening, that several landslides caused several landslides, and the capacity of the fire crews in the area was blown.

The cities of Berchtesgaden and Bischofsuisen, located in southeastern Bavaria near the border with Austria, were particularly affected. The water comes from the mountains and from the flooded Aji River.

This is what it looked like in the cities of Berchtesgaden and Bischofsuisen on Saturday:

Some homes have already been evacuated and residents have been asked to stay off the streets.

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Emergency calls come all the time. A police spokesman in Rosenheim, which is about 100 kilometers west of the two cities, says the situation is bewildering and it is raining heavily.

Violent floods expected in the east

The local emergency authorities in the eastern German state of Saxony announced, on Saturday evening, that many cities are inaccessible, that the water levels in several rivers have “significantly risen” and that “violent flooding” is expected, NTB wrote.

More than 100 liters of rain per square meter was measured in the state on Saturday, causing flooding here as well.

The floods affected the popular natural and tourist area Sächsische Schweiz, a national park near Dresden.