IN PICTURES: Storms and floods strike across western Germany

IN PICTURES: Storms and floods strike across western Germany

Firefighters and police were called out numerous times on Thursday evening as thunderstorms brought traffic to a standstill, overturned trees and flooded cellars.

Deadly storms wreak havoc across Germany

Deadly storms wreak havoc across Germany

Roads and railways flooded after heavy storms sweep across Saxony

Roads and railways flooded after heavy storms sweep across Saxony

Rhine closed to shipping between Duisburg and Koblenz due to high waters

Rhine closed to shipping between Duisburg and Koblenz due to high waters

Heavy rain and strong winds on the way for much of Germany

Heavy rain and strong winds on the way for much of Germany

IN PICS: Central Germany begins clean-up effort after heavy flooding

IN PICS: Central Germany begins clean-up effort after heavy flooding

One woman missing and disaster alert sounded amid storms across Germany

One woman missing and disaster alert sounded amid storms across Germany

Torrential rain swamps Berlin’s streets, stretches firefighters to limits

Torrential rain swamps Berlin’s streets, stretches firefighters to limits

Incoming storm: Hurricane-force winds on the way to Germany

Incoming storm: Hurricane-force winds on the way to Germany

‘World’s biggest Knödel’ helps Bavarian flood victims

‘World’s biggest Knödel’ helps Bavarian flood victims

Heavy rain brings flood risk to Berlin

Heavy rain brings flood risk to Berlin

At least eleven now dead in ‘worst floods for a century’

At least eleven now dead in ‘worst floods for a century’

Bavaria on edge as hunt for flood victims continues

Bavaria on edge as hunt for flood victims continues

Fifth person confirmed dead in Bavarian flooding

Fifth person confirmed dead in Bavarian flooding

Lower Bavaria district declares flood ‘disaster’

Lower Bavaria district declares flood ‘disaster’

North and east Germany next to face fierce storms

North and east Germany next to face fierce storms

Three dead as floods wreak havoc in southern Germany

Three dead as floods wreak havoc in southern Germany

North braces for storms and floods

North braces for storms and floods

Flood victim claims €6,000 for lost boots

Flood victim claims €6,000 for lost boots

Germany agrees €8bn flood fund

Germany agrees €8bn flood fund

Tourists ‘should brave flood mosquitoes’

Tourists ‘should brave flood mosquitoes’

Sandbag handbags swell flood clean-up effort

Sandbag handbags swell flood clean-up effort

Germany forms €8-billion fund for flood victims

Germany forms €8-billion fund for flood victims

Death toll rises as floods roll northward

Death toll rises as floods roll northward

‘We must learn to give rivers space’

‘We must learn to give rivers space’

North bears brunt of deadly floods

North bears brunt of deadly floods

Northern Germany races to repel flood surge

Northern Germany races to repel flood surge

Merkel praises flood fighting efforts

Merkel praises flood fighting efforts

German floods ‘likely to cost billions’

German floods ‘likely to cost billions’

Sandbag volunteers: ‘You have to help’

Sandbag volunteers: ‘You have to help’

Eastern German cities brace for flood wave

Eastern German cities brace for flood wave

Merkel to tour areas devastated by floods

Merkel to tour areas devastated by floods

Floods kill cyclist and block roads

Floods kill cyclist and block roads

Merkel pledges €100 million in flood aid

Merkel pledges €100 million in flood aid

Germany steps up flooding evacuations

Germany steps up flooding evacuations

South begins cleanup as waters recede

South begins cleanup as waters recede

Eastern floodwaters ease but alert remains high

Eastern floodwaters ease but alert remains high

Heavy rain threatens Saxony with new flooding

Heavy rain threatens Saxony with new flooding

Flooded Görlitz takes legal action against Polish dam operators

Flooded Görlitz takes legal action against Polish dam operators

Brandenburg flooding fears ease

Brandenburg flooding fears ease

Floodwaters recede but Brandenburg still on alert

Floodwaters recede but Brandenburg still on alert

Flooding eases in the east

Flooding eases in the east

Brandenburg floodwaters may have peaked

Brandenburg floodwaters may have peaked

Geothermal drilling taps violent geyser in Wiesbaden city centre

Geothermal drilling taps violent geyser in Wiesbaden city centre