4 dead in the floods in southern Germany

The death toll from flooding in much of southern Germany has risen to four.

On June 3, three bodies were pulled out of flooded basements, AFP reported.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited the flooded region, and officials warned that water levels could rise further in some areas.

The body of a 43-year-old woman, whom rescuers had been searching for since June 2, was found in a basement in the Bavarian town of Schrobenhausen, police said.

A firefighter was found dead in nearby Pfaffenhofen after the inflatable boat he and his colleagues were using capsized.

The bodies of a man and a woman were found in a basement in Schorndorf, near Stuttgart, which had been flooded and then pumped out.

Continued heavy rain led to widespread flooding in the southern states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg over the weekend.

The floods caused significant transport disruptions. On June 3, long-distance rail routes to Munich from the north and west were down.

Scholz visited Reichertshofen, north of Munich, where he inspected the sand-strewn riverbank and met with regional officials, including Markus Söder, governor of Bavaria. | BGNES