Four people killed amid floods, storms in south-western Germany

Firefighters at work following torrential downpours in Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany, on May 29, 2016.
Firefighters at work following torrential downpours in Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany, on May 29, 2016.PHOTO: EPA
Cars are seen in a flooded street in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Baden-Württemberg, southern Germany after heavy rains hit the country on May 29, 2016.
Cars are seen in a flooded street in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Baden-Württemberg, southern Germany after heavy rains hit the country on May 29, 2016.PHOTO: AFP
Firefighters and rescue divers at work following torrential downpours in Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany, on May 29, 2016.
Firefighters and rescue divers at work following torrential downpours in Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany, on May 29, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

BERLIN (Reuters) - Three people have been killed in floods in the south-western German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and a young girl was killed by a train as she took shelter from the rain under a railway bridge.

A man who was around 60 years old died in an underground car park which filled with water before he was able to escape, said Mr Carsten Dehner, a spokesman at Baden-Wuerttemberg's Interior Ministry.

In the town of Schwaebisch Gmuend, a fireman died as he tried to rescue another person, who then also died, Mr Dehner said.

Elsewhere in Baden-Wuerttemberg, local police said a 13-year-old girl who was probably seeking shelter under a railway bridge was hit and killed by an Intercity train.

Last Saturday, lightning strikes in northern France and south-west Germany left nine people seriously hurt.