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Germany Floods: Dozens Killed, Many More Missing

Multiple people have died and dozens were missing as severe flooding in Germany turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse.

July 16, 2021

A bridge over the Ahr river is damaged in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany. Due to strong rain falls the Ahr river went over the banks and flooded big parts of the town.

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Helpers check for victims in flooded cars on a road in Erftstadt, Germany.

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German soldiers work on a flooded car on a road in Erftstadt, Germany.

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A person cleans mud from their home in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany.

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People clean their homes from mud and debris in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany.

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A destroyed house is seen in Erftstadt-Blessem, Germany. Due to strong rain falls the small Erft river went over the banks causing massive damages.

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A car washed up by flood waters hangs on a tree while the river Ahr can be seen in the background in Bad Neuenahr, Germany. Massive rainfall has caused flooding in Bad Neuenahr in Rhineland-Palatinate as well as in the whole district of Ahrweiler.

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Debris of the sewage system and damaged cars are pictures in the Blessem district of Erftstadt, Germany.

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Debris hangs on a damaged bridge over the Ahr river in Schuld, Germany.

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This image provided by the Cologne district government shows the Blessem district of Erftstadt in Germany. Rescuers were rushing to help people trapped in their homes in the town of Erftstadt, southwest of Cologne.

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The damaged castle, left, is seen in Erftstadt-Blessem, Germany. Due to strong rain falls the small Erft river went over the banks causing massive damages.

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People walk through a damaged street after flooding in Chenee, Province of Liege, Belgium. Severe flooding in Germany and Belgium has turned streams and streets into raging torrents that have swept away cars and caused houses to collapse.

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Destroyed cars are seen in Schuld, Germany. Due to heavy rain falls the Ahr river dramatically went over the banks the evening before.

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A destroyed bridge leads over the Ahr river in Schuld, Germany.

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Cars are covered in Hagen, Germany with the debris brought by the flooding of the 'Nahma' river the night before.

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A damaged car is seen in Insul at the Ahr river, western Germany. Due to heavy rain falls the Ahr river dramatically went over the banks the evening before.

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The street is destroyed between Insul and Schuld, western Germany.

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A man looks at a car that is covered in Hagen, Germany with the debris brought by the flooding of the 'Nahma' river the night before. The heavy rainfalls had turned the small river into a raging torrent.

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A car is buried by rubble in the Hohenlimburg district of Hagen, Germany, after heavy rain caused major flooding and damage.

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Destroyed houses are seen close to the Ahr river in Schuld, Germany.

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Railroad tracks were washed out by high water in Altenahr, Germany.

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A caravan lies in a flooded garden in Heimerzheim, Germany. The service water dam, whose embankment has deep furrows, was classified as "very unstable" by an expert. Several villages are being evacuated for safety reasons. According to the district administrator of the Euskirchen district, 4500 inhabitants were affected.

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Numerous buildings in Altenahr, Germany, are damaged by the severe storm.

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A destroyed caravan and other debris lie next to a railway track in Altenahr, Germany.

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The Ahr river floats past destroyed houses in Insul, Germany. Due to heavy rain falls the Ahr river dramatically went over the banks the evening before.

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A regional train sits in the flood waters at the local station in Kordel, Germany after it was flooded by the high waters of the Kyll river.

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Destroyed houses are seen close to the Ahr river in Schuld, Germany. Due to heavy rain falls the Ahr river dramatically went over the banks the evening before.

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This image provided by the Cologne district government shows the Blessem district of Erftstadt in Germany. Rescuers were rushing to help people trapped in their homes in the town of Erftstadt, southwest of Cologne.

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This image provided by the Cologne district government shows the Blessem district of Erftstadt in Germany. Rescuers were rushing Friday to help people trapped in their homes in the town of Erftstadt, southwest of Cologne.

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