Days of heavy rain turned normally minor rivers and streets into raging torrents this week and caused the disastrous flooding that swept away cars, engulfed homes and trapped residents.
The real scale of the disaster is only now becoming clear, with damaged buildings being assessed and efforts under way to restore gas, electricity and telephone services.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Union bloc has been hit over the past two weeks by allegations that two lawmakers profited from deals to procure masks early in the coronavirus pandemic.
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