Death toll rises in south Germany floods

  • 02/06/2016
People assess the damaged caused (Reuters)
People assess the damaged caused (Reuters)

At least four people have been killed in floods in the southern German state of Bavaria and thousands of households cut off from electricity.

Firemen found three women in the basement of a flooded house in the town of Simbach am Inn about 120km east from Munich, police said on Thursday (local time).

In the nearby village of Julbach, emergency services found a drowned woman hanging over a tree trunk in a stream, police said, adding that her house had apparently collapsed.

At least two people were missing in the district of Rottal-Inn.

"We're expecting the worst," police spokesman Michael Emmer said, adding divers were searching for those missing.

Police arrested two looters who tried to steal car radios.

Several thousand households were cut off from electricity in the flooded region close to the Austrian border, an official said.

Death toll rises in south Germany floods

A house destroyed in the flood (Reuters)

Weather forecasters said more rain was expected in the region on Thursday, further complicating the rescue works.

Earlier this week, three people were killed in floods in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and a young girl was killed by a train as she took shelter from the rain under a railway bridge.