Further German weather woes as 51 injured by lightning at festival

The number of people injured in a lightning storm at a German rock music festival has risen from 42 to 51, police said Saturday, as weather woes continued to bedevil Germany.

Fifteen of the victims are listed in serious condition and two were successfully revived, a police spokesman said.

Live music performances were suspended for about 90 minutes late Friday while rescue teams dealt with the injured at the Rock am Ring festival at the former Mendig airbase west of Koblenz.

The festival resumed later with about 90,000 fans in attendance.

Headlining bands include Red Hot Chili Peppers and Black Sabbath.

Last year's festival was also affected by a lightning storm, in which 33 people sustained injuries.

Elsewhere on Saturday, residents were finally allowed to return to the homes they had been evacuated from in the south-western town of Schwaebisch Gmuend following a landslide.

Municipal authorities said a geologist had examined the affected area by helicopter and declared it safe.

Floods in other parts of Germany - which have killed at least seven people in recent days - brought out so many volunteers offering to help that traffic jams ensued.

Police in the lower Bavarian town of Simbach am Inn said they did not need any more help on Saturday as there was nowhere left to park and those arriving could not get to the flooded areas.

Simbach Mayor Klaus Schmid said, "They need two more hours than usual. Helper who are en route should turn back."

One thousand volunteers had turned out to help with the Simbach flood operation on Friday, with an even higher number arriving on Saturday.

The German Weather Service issued further storm warnings for the south-west of Germany on Saturday as a result of cyclone Frederike. A weak air stream means the cyclone's storms are moving very slowly across the region.

The storm cell's sluggishness results in large amounts of precipitation over a particular area, or several storms pass over the same place, meteorologist Christian Herold told dpa.

Rain and hailstorms were expected to continue into Sunday in the south-west.

Meanwhile in the north of the country the sun was shining and summer temperatures of up to 28 degrees Celsius were expected to continue all weekend.

The weather service forecast a break in the weather for the start of the new week.

Last update: Sun, 21/08/2016 - 13:02
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