Austria: One Dead, Two Missing in Floods, Landslides


Torrential rain caused widespread flooding and landslides across Austria on Sunday (June 2), forcing hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.

At least one person died and two were missing in the deluge, which in some places has dumped up to two months' worth of rain in just days.

One clean-up worker was killed in a mudslide in the town of St Johann near Salzburg, the Austrian Press Agency reported, while two other people were missing in the province after being swept into raging streams.

The provinces of Upper Austria, Tyrol and Styria were also hit hard by the severe weather, which triggered the worst flooding in some areas since 2002.

"Because of the massive flooding in the area of Wehrgraben we convened an emergency commission, and we decided to evacuate the whole area," said commander of Steyr fire brigade Thomas Schurtz.

A flood alarm for the northern side of the Alps was in effect until early on Monday (May 27), national broadcaster ORF said. The ZAMG weather service forecast that rain would slacken by Monday (June 3).

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