Four dead after severe floods hit southern Germany

Four people died and several more were injured in southern Germany after violent storms with torrential rains caused severe flooding, authorities said.


One of those killed was a 13-year-old girl who was hit by a train on Sunday while seeking shelter from the rain under a railway bridge.

A 12-year-old boy who was with her was not physically injured but had to receive trauma counselling, police in the city of Aalen said.

In Schwäbisch Gmünd near Stuttgart, a volunteer firefighter died on Sunday trying to rescue a man trapped in a shaft of a flooded railway station, municipal authorities said.

The man who was trapped was also presumed dead, although neither body has been recovered, according to police.

In Weissbach, just to the north, a 60-year-old man died in a flooded underground garage.

The regional authorities in the state of Baden-Württemberg put the number of injured at about 10.

A number of people had to be rescued from cars trapped in the floods.

The national DPA news agency said a river broke its banks in Braunsbach, destroying one house and damaging several others.

Witnesses posted videos on social network sites showing cars being carried away by the floods and crashing into shop windows.

The head of one rural district in Schwäbisch Hall, Michael Knaus, said that more rain fell in the space of a few hours than normally falls over several months.

State authorities said that 7,000 firefighters, police and rescue workers were called to attend about 2,200 incidents.