Two people missing after floods sweep them off bridge in Germany

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Rescue teams are searching for two people who were swept off a bridge by sudden floods in Bavaria.

German authorities said eight other people were rescued from the floods and were not injured.

Heavy, sudden rains on Monday afternoon had turned a creek in the Valley of Hell near the town of Grainau into floods which tore down a wooden bridge, sweeping two people down into the water, German news agency dpa reported.

Police emergency vehicles stand at the entrance to the Hoellentalklamm gorge in Grainau, Germany
Police emergency vehicles at the entrance to the Hollentalklamm gorge in Grainau (Lennart Preiss/dpa via AP)

More than 160 helpers and helicopters were involved in the rescue missions.

It was not clear who the two missing people were, dpa said.

The Hollentalklamm, or Valley of Hell, is a popular destination for hikers from across the country and abroad.

A house whose roof was badly damaged by a storm in Berumerfehn, Germany
A house whose roof was badly damaged by a storm in Berumerfehn, Germany (Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/dpa via AP)

Last month, more than 200 people died in deadly floods in western Germany.

Climate scientists say there is little doubt that climate change from the burning of coal, oil and natural gas is driving more extreme weather events – such as heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, floods and storms – as the planet warms.

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