At least 33 people have died in parts of western Germany amid heavy rains and flooding, local police said on Thursday. Most of the deaths have been reported in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate.
Koblenz police also said that at least 18 people in the Bad Neunahr-Ahrweiler area in Rhineland-Palatinate had died in the floods.
"Unfortunately, we have to confirm that the number of fatalities in connection with the flood disaster in the Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler area has now risen to a total of 18. Our deepest condolences go out to all concerned," the department tweeted.
More than 70 were missing in the same region, police said, after the Ahr river that flows into the Rhine burst its banks and brought down half a dozen houses.
Several also went missing after six houses collapsed in the same state, following hours of torrential rain. About 25 more buildings in the Schuld region were at the risk of caving in, local police said.
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