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The death toll from floods in southern Germany has risen to five. Passau is the next city in Bavaria where a state of natural disaster has been declared. The water level in the Danube there was 10 meters.

The most difficult situation related to floods that occurred as a result of heavy rainfall occurs in the federal states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg.

In Bavaria on Tuesday, authorities in the commune of Markt Rettenbach, about 100 kilometers southwest of Munich, announced the death of a 57-year-old woman who became trapped in her car when it slid off the road into the water. According to preliminary police findings, the woman ignored the barriers placed on the road and entered the fenced areas.

On Monday, authorities reported four flood deaths.

State of natural disaster in two Bavarian cities

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Passau, the second largest city in Bavaria after Regensburg, declared a state of natural disaster on Tuesday. The mayor justified the decision by a sudden increase in the water level in the Inn River. According to official data, the water level in the Danube was 10 meters in the city on Tuesday afternoon. In photos that appeared in German media on Tuesday, the buildings of the historic Old Town of Passau were largely underwater.

Flood in southern GermanyPAP/EPA/ANNA SZILAGYI

The authorities warn against so-called disaster tourism, i.e. visiting places affected by a disaster. On Monday evening in the town of Deggendorf, about 50 km northwest of Passau, a woman wanted to swim in a flooded pedestrian underpass. Firefighters patrolling the area pulled a woman in a swimsuit from the water, reported “Sueddeutsche Zeitung”.

Flood in southern GermanyPAP/EPA/ANNA SZILAGYI

An announcement of support for those affected

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier thanked those helping in the flooded areas on Tuesday. He also expressed his condolences to the families of the flood victims and to everyone who had to leave their homes or lost their belongings because of it.

Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Soeder announced on Tuesday via the X platform that his government will allocate EUR 100 million to help people affected by the flood. On Monday, Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced support for those affected when he visited the flood areas in Upper Bavaria.

Currently, the flood situation in the south of the country is improving. Although water levels are still very high in many places, no further heavy rainfall is expected.

Flood in southern GermanyPAP/EPA/ANNA SZILAGYI

Flood in southern GermanyPAP/EPA/ANNA SZILAGYI

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