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Six die as heavy storms hit Germany



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Essen and Oberhausen were hit by heavy rains and thunderstorms

Six people have been killed in violent storms which battered cities in western Germany overnight.

In the worst incident, three died when a tree fell on a garden shed in Duesseldorf where they had sought shelter, emergency services said.

Cyclists were also killed by falling trees in Cologne and Krefeld and a sixth person died while clearing a street in Essen.

The storms ended a heatwave that lasted throughout the Whitsun weekend holiday.

Disruption in Dusseldorf (10 June)Some of the worst disruption was in Duesseldorf where transport was badly hit

Garden shed in DusseldorfPolice said two men and a woman were killed when a garden shed was destroyed by a tree

Public transport was badly hit in much of North Rhine-Westphalia on Tuesday morning, and authorities urged people to avoid Duesseldorf, where trains, roads and the airport were all affected.

During the night, emergency services removed the bodies of three people from a garden shed in the city. Three other people who had taken refuge in the shed were injured, two of them seriously. Several others were hurt elsewhere in the city.

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Streets in Duesseldorf were blocked by fallen trees and there was damage to overhead power lines. The tram system was reportedly suspended.

There were traffic jams on 270km (165 miles) of the region’s roads during the morning rush hour, local broadcasters reported.

Winds of up to 150km/h (93mph) were recorded at Duesseldorf airport on Tuesday night and the storm was continuing to move north-east, towards areas north and west of Berlin, forecasters said.

“We must reckon that the total damage will run into double-digit millions,” North Rhine-Westphalia’s Interior Minister Ralf Jaeger told German media. “That was one of the worst storms to hit (the region) in the past 20 years.”

Lower Saxony to the north has also suffered heavy damage.

Temperatures of up to 36C (97F) were recorded in Germany at the weekend, the highest ever recorded for the time of year.

Lightning over Algermissen, GermanyThe heatwave brought record temperatures in parts of Germany during the holiday weekend

Firefighters remove tree from car in DuesseldorfThe storm was set to reach other areas of Germany later on Tuesday

Damaged cars in Gelsenkirchen (10 June)Five of the deaths were caused by falling trees

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