One dead and almost 60 injured by storm in Germany

One dead and almost 60 injured by storm in Germany

The storm that hit Germany on Friday caused at least one death, about 60 injuries and considerable damage, mainly in the west of the country, authorities reported on Saturday.

In Rhineland Palatinate, a 38-year-old man died after suffering an electric shock while entering a flooded cellar, Koblenz police said.

The region of North Rhine Westphalia was particularly affected by a tornado that crossed Paderborn and left 43 injured, 13 of them seriously, the mayor of the city of about 150,000 inhabitants, Michael Dreier, explained in a press conference.

The police estimate the “havoc” it caused at “several million” euros.

This phenomenon, extremely rare in Germany, also affected the municipalities of Lippstadt and Lütmarsen, two other cities located a few tens of kilometers from Paderborn, the German meteorological services indicated on Saturday.

But no injuries were reported.

The storm, which came after several days of abnormally high temperatures, caused extensive damage in this region of western Germany, with countless trees uprooted and roofs torn off by the intervention forces.

The south was also affected. In the Roth region, a wooden hut where hikers had taken refuge collapsed.

Fourteen people were injured, including a woman and a child seriously, Bavarian police said.

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