Severe overnight flooding killed more than 30 people and left dozens still missing in parts of western Germany, officials reported Thursday, July 15.
READ MORE: German police say four people died and some 30 were missing around the wine-growing hub of Ahrweiler county, southwest of Bonn, after the Ahr river, which flows into the Rhine, burst its banks. They say about 50 were stranded on roofs, and more houses were at risk of collapse.
Aerial video of the area shows houses swept away as well as roads and bridges. In Schuld, in southern Ahrweiler county, police say six houses collapsed overnight.
To the northwest, authorities in Euskirchen said that eight deaths had been reported there in connection with the floods.
Rescue operations were hampered by the fact that phone and internet connections were down in part of the region. Officials say the flooding also disrupted rail lines and shipping on the Rhine.
Deaths and damage were also reported in neighboring Belgium and the Netherlands.