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Rescue worker passes away, numerous thousand evacuated in southern Germany floods

A firefighter passed away while trying to rescue trapped citizens and several thousand people were forced to leave their homes as heavy rain triggered flooding in southern Germany.

The 42-year-old man who passed away remained in a rescue boat carrying 4 firemens that capsized late on Saturday. His body was recovered early on Sunday, said a representative for the Bavarian town of Pfaffenbach an der Ilm, around 50 km (30 miles) north of Munich.

Towns had days to prepare for the flooding however around 3,000 individuals needed to be evacuated in southern Germany as the water cut off some areas, authorities said.

We owe our thanks and regard to the rescue employees and helpers who are battling the repercussions of the floods in many locations, Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated on X.

Scholz is set up to travel to the region on Monday, where he will meet with Interior Minister Nancy Faeser and Bavaria's. premier at around 1100 CET to get an introduction, a government. spokesperson said.

Economy Minister and Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck vowed. assistance for the impacted regions throughout a visit on Sunday and. noted that climate change is causing more severe weather condition occasions.

Natural catastrophes have constantly accompanied mankind. What we. are seeing is that the frequency of these events is increasing. significantly. Record floods occur every couple of years ... record. rains every few years, Habeck, of the Greens Celebration, informed. broadcaster n-tv.

Parts of Europe were struck by significant flooding in 2021 that. killed almost 200, with Germany bearing the force. The catastrophe. was mainly blamed on the effects of climate modification and. triggered calls for more stringent caution and safety measures.