Deadly floods in Germany spread along the Danube

Parts of southern Germany are still experiencing flooding, and the waters are currently moving down the Danube to Austria and Hungary.

Since severe rain caused rivers in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria to overflow their banks, five deaths have been confirmed.

A woman lost her life when her automobile veered off the road and sank west of Munich, becoming one of the casualties. There’s a missing firefighter from Bayern.

The water levels in the medieval city of Passau, where three rivers converge, have climbed to about 10 meters (32 feet), the highest level in more than ten years, despite the German DWD weather service declaring an end to the days-long torrential rain that has pounded southern Germany.

Austria and Hungary have also seen an increase in Danube river levels.

In Linz, the third-biggest city in Austria, the Danube burst its banks, submerging districts near the riverbanks.

Tuesday morning, the river reached 6.86 meters, and it was predicted to peak in the afternoon. Local resident Gertrude told the Kurier website that the floods brought back horrible memories from August 2002, when a sixth of the city was left underwater.

In the region of Lower Austria, all river travel along the Danube was halted.

Forecasters in Hungary warned that there would be a lot of rain in the next three days, and Gabriella Siklos of the National Water Directorate cautioned that things might change quickly.

Concerns were also raised that Slovakia’s Danube floodplain might be affected by the rising water levels.

In some parts of southern Germany, cargo shipping on the Rhine is still suspended, although authorities in the southwest state of Baden-Württemberg say that the water levels will drop over the next few days.

A state of emergency has been proclaimed in the Bavarian region of Rosenheim as a result of days of torrential rain that has affected much of southern Germany.

As of Monday, a man and a woman were discovered dead in their Baden-Württemberg basement, making three deaths in Bavaria. In Bavaria, there is a missing firefighter, age 22.

“Serious and critical” is how Bavarian State Premier Markus Söder has put the situation.

Experts mentioned rainfall that occurs just once in a century in various parts of southern Germany.

Although all severe weather warnings in southern Germany were withdrawn by Tuesday morning, cars were washed away and residential areas were flooded.

The floods in the south serve as a reminder, according to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, that “halting man-made climate change” is an urgent matter.

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