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Germany floods – Shocking moment caravan is crushed to pieces in floodwaters as storms across Germany & Belgium kill 33


THIS is the moment a caravan is swept away and smashed to pieces by shocking floods which rocked parts of mainland Europe.

A video posted on Twitter shows the holiday home being carried along by fierce currents in the German municipality of Rech before crashing into a bridge.

The doomed caravan was filmed in the German municipality of Rech

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The doomed caravan was filmed in the German municipality of Rech
The clip captured the devastating moment it crashed into a bridge

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The clip captured the devastating moment it crashed into a bridge

The force of the collision is so strong the roof of the doomed caravan is completely torn off as locals watch on in shock.

After crumpling in on itself, it is then dragged under the mighty flow and disappears into the muddy waters.

The startling clip emerged as it was revealed the death toll in the flooding that has hit Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands has now reached 33.

A further 70 people are missing after apocalyptic storms turned streets into raging torrents of water and led to houses collapsing.

In Cologne, a 72-year-old woman and a 54-year-old man died when their basements flooded while another drowned in his cellar in Solingen.

HOSPITAL EVACUATION

In Leverkusen, 468 people were evacuated from a hospital after floods cut off power, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Two German firefighters drowned during a rescue operation in North Rhine Westphalia, DPA news agency reports.

Large chunks of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine Westphalia are under water while villages in Belgium‘s Liege province were been evacuated due rising river levels.

Belgium news outlet VRT NWS quoted the mayor of Pepinster, a small town of around 10,000 people in the Liege province, who said dozens of houses collapsed along the Vesdre River that flows through the area.

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The Germany Weather Service issued an extreme weather warning for three states this week and said rains over the past 24 hours had been “unprecedented”.

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The city of Hagen declared a state of emergency after the banks of the Volme river burst, leaving around 190,000 households without power.

Rail and road transport has been disrupted by the torrential downpours and the army have been called in to help with evacuations.

More storms are expected to hit southwestern Germany today and could last until tonight, forecasters said.

Germany was hit by heavy rains caused by a low-pressure weather system that meteorologists have dubbed “Bern”.

The storm system dumped 148 litres of rain per square metre within 48 hours in parts of Germany that usually see 80 litres during the whole of July.

The caravan was eventually dragged beneath the bridge before vanishing

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The caravan was eventually dragged beneath the bridge before vanishing
Many people have died in Germany as a result of the flooding

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Many people have died in Germany as a result of the floodingCredit: AP
A five-car pile-up in the floods at Verviers, Belgium

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A five-car pile-up in the floods at Verviers, Belgium





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