Fans were being sent home early from a major German music festival after the event was cancelled by local authorities on Sunday due to heavy storms in which 71 people were injured by lightning strikes according to the Red Cross.

The authorities in Mendig in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate withdrew the permit from the Rock am Ring festival in the area as more storms have been forecast, a spokeswoman said.

The concert, which had drawn some 90,000 visitors, had resumed for a few hours on Saturday evening, with Californian rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers taking to the stage.

Chief organizer Marek Lieberberg told dpa it was a case of "force majeure," but said he would have preferred it if the authorities allowed the event to finish on Sunday.

Elsewhere in Germany, a 12-year-old boy in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after being struck by lightening on a playing field, while 13 people received mild injuries.

A further four people were injured when lightning struck their house in Bavaria.

Torrential rainfall and severe storms in northern Bavaria led the district of Weilheim-Schongau to declare a state of emergency on Sunday, as various regional authorities struggled to deal with flooding in local villages.

Emergency services said they had been receiving calls almost every minute during the night.

Meanwhile in the western city of Bonn, municipal authorities set up a crisis team after heavy rainfall caused several rivers to burst their banks, leaving basements flooded and streets partially under water.

Recent floods in southern Germany claimed the lives of seven people and caused hundreds of millions of euros in damage.

However German authorities have said they can see only limited means of protecting citizens from flash flooding.

"Natural disasters like flash floods come so quickly and severely that they can hardly be predicted or controlled," Thomas Keller, head of the water management office in the Bavarian city of Ansbach, told dpa.

In areas like Ansbach, where the local river Rezat rose by the second, it is impossible to warn people in time, Keller said.

Related stories

Lightning storm injures 11 people in Paris park

At least two drown in Albanian floods

Storms and flash flooding hit Cornish village - BBC News

Latest news

Syrian opposition rules out future role for President al-Assad

The Syrian opposition said Friday it would not accept any role for President Bashar al-Assad in the future of the war-torn country, reacting to a recent US shift saying that removing al-Assad is no longer a priority for Washington.

Russian Army integrates breakaway forces of Georgian province

Parts of the small fighting forces of the Georgian breakaway province of South Ossetia have been placed under Russian military control, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday.

Czech Republic's Pilsner Urquell beer is now Japanese

Japanese brewing company Asahi completed its takeover of the Czech brewery Pilsner Urquell on Friday, Asahi said in a statement.

Judge approves 25-million-dollar settlement of Trump University case

A US district judge on Friday approved a 25-million-dollar settlement of lawsuits and state fraud allegations against Trump University, the US president's now-defunct business venture.

Former Thai premier Thaksin to junta on reconciliation: 'Cut me out'

Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday announced that he is not interested in the junta-led reconciliation process, three days after the junta handed him a half-a-billion-dollar tax bill for his past business deal.

Dalic: We welcome possible deal between Agrokor and banks

The government welcomes the possibility of an agreement being concluded between the Agrokor food company and creditor banks, and the bill on vitally important companies is not a fallback plan but the result of the government's care for the overall economic and financial stability of Croatia, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Martina Dalic told a press conference in Zagreb on Friday.

Croatia, China sign action plan for cooperation in agriculture

The Croatian and Chinese ministries of agriculture on Friday signed an action plan for cooperation in the field of agriculture for the period 2017-2018, the Croatian ministry said in a statement.

ZSE indices up, Agrokor shares in focus of investor interest

The Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) indices on Friday rose by more than 1.8%, with stocks of the Agrokor food and retail concern being in the focus of investor interest again.

Berlin police defend handling of Berlin market attacker

Berlin police defended themselves on Friday against accusations that they stopped surveillance on Berlin Christmas market attacker despite knowing in June 2016 he was dangerous.

Croatia, creditors tailor emergency measures to save tottering giant

Croatia's tottering retail and food giant Agrokor reached an agreement with its creditors, putting its debts standby and allowing it to continue working during emergency restructuring, the Croatian branch of Austria's Erste Bank said Friday.

Agrokor's creditors say standstill agreement to go into force today

A standstill agreement regarding the Agrokor concern's existing financial obligations to banks will take effect on Friday, additional capital will be injected into the concern in the coming days and the concern will be actively restructured, which includes a change of its management, it was said on Friday after a meeting between Agrokor's suppliers and creditor banks.

Palestinians, UN slam Israel's new settlement plan

Palestinians, Israeli activists and the UN lambasted the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, a day after it gave the go-ahead for the first new West Bank settlement in a quarter of a century.

South Sudan rebels release three abducted foreign oil workers

South Sudanese rebels have released three foreign engineers they abducted in early March in the oil-rich Upper Nile region, Foreign Affairs Ministry official Mawein Makol Arik said on Friday.

Turkish opposition: Imprisoned party chief has gone on hunger strike

The head of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party has launched a hunger strike from prison.

European leagues threaten Champions League schedule clashes

The European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) on Friday threatened schedule clashes on Champions League matchdays in an ongoing dispute with the governing body UEFA.

Danish court revokes citizenship of IS volunteer

A Danish appellate court on Friday stripped a man of his Danish citizenship for volunteering to fight for the extremist Islamic State in Syria.

Banks and Agrokor agree on key elements of standstill agreement

Member banks of the coordinating committee of financial creditors and representatives of the Agrokor food company have in principle agreed on key elements of a standstill agreement, which is expected to be signed later today, announcing changes in the company's management team, Erste Bank said in a statement on Friday afternoon.

Syrian man on trial in Sweden; mosque attack labelled terrorism

A Syrian man went on trial Friday in the southern Swedish city of Malmo, charged with terrorism and arson after an attack last year on a building used as an assembly hall by Shiite Muslims.