The deadly flood left that Destroyed parts of western Germany Thousands are in the dark, as utilities have been forced to cut back on their electricity supply.
German utility giant EON SE cut electricity to 165,000 people in the western part of the country, after torrential rains caused rivers to rise sharply, flooding energy infrastructure in the west of the country.
RWE AG has halted operations at the open-pit coal mine Tagebau Inden, limiting supplies to the Weisweiler power plant, which is now operating at reduced capacity, Bloomberg reported.
The worst floods in decades have killed 81 people, and dozens are still missing after their homes collapsed. Heavy damage was done to roads and bridges, with many railways and streets still closed.
Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged rapid federal government assistance during her visit to the United States on Thursday.
RWE says there is currently no timeline for reopening the flooded mine and one of its workers is still missing, according to a company spokesperson.
For its part, EON said fallen trees also hit power lines in the eastern part of Germany, cutting off supplies in the area covered by its subsidiary Mitnetz Strom.
And the National Weather Center said today, Friday, in its latest forecast, that weather conditions should return to normal next week, which may provide some relief.
He added that there could be more heavy rain in Germany from July 26 to early August.
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