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Deadly Flooding Hits Western Germany

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At least 59 people have been killed in extreme flooding in western Germany, local media said on July 15.

Police said several houses collapsed in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, and around 50 people were in need of rescuing from rooftops.

Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer said the storm had hit the region hard and thanked the local fire brigades and emergency services for their response.

Among the dead were two firefighters in North Rhine-Westphalia, local media reported.

Twitter user @PanickingLynx posted footage of the scene in Engelskirchen in North Rhine-Westphalia on Wednesday. Credit: @PanickingLynx via Storyful