Search for girl trapped in landslide called off

The search for a 10-year-old girl believed to be trapped under a mudslide on an island off the north eastern coast of Germany was formally ended on Sunday.

Search for girl trapped in landslide called off
Photo: DPA

“We don’t see any chance of finding Katharina. That’s the point where we have to stop,” Markus Zimmermann, the director of the area’s catastrophe protection office, told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

The girl was walking with her mother and sister the day after Christmas along Cape Arkona on the island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea, when the water-drenched earth gave way.

Her mother and sister were injured, while she disappeared altogether, and is assumed to have been buried under tonnes of rubble and mud.

Teams of volunteers and professionals vowed to find her, and used heavy machinery as well as search dogs, in sometimes atrocious conditions, but they were unable to find the girl.

Rescue experts have not ruled out that her body may have been swept out to sea.

“No one can tell us where we can find Katharina,” Zimmermann told the newspaper. “We’ve moved an enormous amount of clay and earth” but to no avail, he said. Rescuers had been working nearly two weeks to find the child.

The Local/mw

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Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

An extreme heat warning was in place for eastern Germany on Monday, while storms were also set to hit the country.

Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

The German Weather Service (DWD) said temperatures could reach 36C on Monday. 

In the morning, the DWD issued an extreme heat warning for eastern regions, as shown below in the map. 

Map of Germany shows the heat warning in the east on Monday June 27th.

Photo: German Weather Service (DWD)

Forecasters said later on Monday, the south and east of the country would be hit by thunderstorms as well as large hailstones, strong winds and heavy rain.

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In the north, west and centre of Germany, forecasters predicted clouds and some showers. Over the course of Monday, heavy thunderstorms with heavy rain, hailstones and strong winds are also possible in the north.

“Thunderstorms have occurred in the past few days and will continue in the coming days, as the established weather situation will remain virtually unchanged,” said a spokesperson from the DWD. 

However, the large temperature differences are striking: in the west of Germany, the mercury will only reach just above 20C in places.

Overnight to Tuesday, the DWD predicts thunderstorms – some of them heavy – from the Baltic Sea to the Alps, and later there is set to be more showers. It could still reach 28C in some places, especially in the east.

The DWD said: “The risk of thunderstorms will remain in the southern half of the country, while the northern half will calm down after the last thunderstorms have moved to Poland.

“This will change again on Wednesday night, when showers and thunderstorms, some of them thundery, as well as heavy rain will make their way north. On Wednesday, it will be quite unsettled with muggy temperatures almost all over the country.”

Forecasters said the weather will remain changeable for the rest of the week, but it should become more settled from next weekend.