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German rivers burst their banks as more flooding cost lives

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German rivers burst their banks as more flooding cost lives

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In Germany Koblenz is suffering the worst flooding for decades. The city has proved particularly vulnerable as it is at the point where the rivers Rhine and Mosel meet.

Overnight the waters reached a high of seven point three metres almost five metres above normal. Streets and cellars remain under water, aluminium walkways enabled residents to get around.

And the flooding in Koblenz has been repeated in several other towns with the rivers Danube and Elbe also bursting their banks.

One man was swept away in the flood waters near Frankfurt while it’s reported four other people have died. The unusually mild weather has melted snow while heavy rain has exacerbated the problems.

Latest reports suggest the waters are starting to recede when the true extent of the damage can be assessed.