Three women drown in southern German downpours

3rd June 2008, Comments 0 comments

Extreme weather in southern Germany causes chaos, with three women drowned and a number of injuries in the area

Berlin -- Three women drowned overnight in the south-western German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg after heavy rains struck the region, police said on Tuesday.

Two of the victims died trapped in their car in Zollernalbkreis, an administrative district to the south of Stuttgart. The third drowned seven kilometres away in the cellar of her home.

A train driver was seriously injured in the region when his train crashed into a fallen tree on the line. One of his passengers suffered a broken arm, and another was treated for shock.

Rescue services worked through the night to reach hundreds of people stranded by the sudden flooding. In some places, water levels were so high that rescue service vehicles could not get through.

Electricity supplies were cut to some towns, and a house burned down after being struck by lightning. Several cars were washed away by the sudden downpour.

Sports halls and schools were turned into emergency accommodation, as local services called for help from major centres like Stuttgart.

The storms also hit the states of Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse.

Heavy rains have struck repeatedly in southern Germany over recent days following unseasonally hot weather. Northern Germany continued to swelter in 30-degree heat on Tuesday.

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