Four people dead, over 30 missing after flooding in Germany

  • Heavy rain and once-in-a-generation floods on Wednesday night caused the collapse of six houses in Germany's western state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
  • Four people are dead and more than thirty are missing following the flooding.
  • The deaths were reported in the Ahrweiler district, which is a wine-growing region on the Ahr river that flows into the Rhine.

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Four people are dead and more than thirty are missing following flooding in western Germany that caused half a dozen houses to collapse, police said on Thursday.

The deaths were reported in the Ahrweiler district, which is a wine-growing region on the Ahr river that flows into the Rhine.

"We currently have an unclear number of people on roofs who need to be rescued," a spokesperson for the Koblenz police told Reuters.

"There are many places where fire brigades and rescue workers have been deployed. We do not yet have a very precise picture because rescue measures are continuing," the spokesperson added.

Two fireman drowned and the army was deployed to help stranded residents on Wednesday, after a slow-moving low-pressure weather system caused once-in-a-generation floods.

Rail, road and river transport was disrupted with shipping suspended on the Rhine river.

Heavy rainstorms could be expected in southwestern Germany on Thursday, with continuous rains until Friday evening, the German Weather Service warned in a morning bulletin.

CNBC contributed to this report

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