About 20 people have died and 70 others missing, after a torrential rain triggered flash flooding which destroyed buildings and swept away homes and cars in Germany.
Four people were confirmed dead in Schuld overnight, as rain swept away six homes, while another four were found dead in flooded cellars across North Rhine-Westphalia state.
Two firefighters are also among the dead, including one who drowned trying to rescue people in the town of Altena on Wednesday.
Also, another firefighter died during rescue operations at a power plant in Werdohl-Elverlingsen.
According to Bild, one person died in the town of Rheinbach which is 20 miles south of Cologne, although the circumstances of their death remain unclear.
In the county of Euskirchen, another eight people were killed in connection with the flooding, according to emergency services, with rescue operations said to still be ongoing.
Police said up to 70 more people are missing. Authorities said most of those missing were taking shelter in their homes before they were swept away as roads turned into raging torrents.
The report also said a belt of cities, towns, and villages running from the east of Dortmund to south of Bonn in Germany’s most-populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia were all badly hit after three months of rain.
Police in the western city of Koblenz, on Thursday, said that about 50 persons were trapped on the roofs of their houses awaiting rescue.