Three women drown in flash floods in Germany

Three people drowned after flash floods hit south-western Germany, police said today.

Hundreds of people have been affected by the floods and many suffered injuries.

Police spokesman Lambert Maute said hours of heavy rain late yesterday turned the normally small Starzel stream in the Sigmaringen region of Baden-Wuerttemberg into a swollen river which flooded streets and basements in surrounding villages.

The rushing water trapped two elderly women in their car in the village of Jungingen, causing them to drown. Another woman became trapped by the rising water in her basement in Hechingen, where she also drowned.

Regional official Matthias Frankenberg said hundreds of people have been affected by the storms which have caused thousands of euros of damage.

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