7 dead in Bavaria floods; threat of fresh storms in parts of Germany

The death toll from severe flooding in southern Germany rose to seven on Friday after a 72-year-old man who suffered a heart attack died in hospital.

An elderly couple, aged 77 and 81, who had been missing since Thursday in the partially flooded town of Simbach am Inn, was found unharmed by rescue workers.

No other people were missing in the area, the authorities said.

Damage to property in the affected regions of Lower Bavaria - which include Simbach am Inn, Triftern and other towns close to the Austrian border - is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of euros.

Even as some of the water started to recede, the long cleanup started on Friday and officials said the effects of the floods would be felt for months.

As firefighters used special, large hoses to wash away the mud, locals used spades to clear up, and excavators were brought in to remove debris. Divers searched flooded basements and the power supply was largely restored on Friday.

"The most important thing today is to ensure the areawide supply of drinking water and to restore the road network," a spokeswoman for the district of Rottal-Inn said.

On Thursday, six people were found dead - three women from one family, two men aged 75 years and 65 years in Simbach am Inn and an 80-year-old woman in a neighbouring town.

A meteorologist at the German weather service DWD said that rainfall was due to let up over the course of the day in most of the affected regions, but that new rainfall was expected in other areas of Germany.

Last update: Fri, 03/06/2016 - 22:08
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