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Some 30 people missing in Germany after houses collapse in heavy rain

Six houses collapsed in western Germany due to flooding and ongoing rain overnight, leaving more than 30 people missing Thursday morning, police said.

Six houses collapsed in western Germany due to flooding and ongoing rain overnight, leaving more than 30 people missing Thursday morning, police said.

A large number of other houses in Schuld, in Rhineland-Palatinate state, are unstable and at risk of collapse, Koblenz police said.

Heavy downpours across western Germany had caused damage to property, motorway closures, mass evacuations and several casualties overnight.

The state of North Rhine Westphalia was also badly hit by heavy rains caused by a low-pressure weather system German meteorologists named Bern.

Two firefighters died during operations in the Maerkischer Kreis district of North Rhine Westphalia. A 46-year-old died after falling into the water while rescuing a man after heavy rain, and a 52-year-old collapsed during a storm-related operation, police said.

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