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Two dead, several injured as storms hit Germany
2004 06 25

A tornado forms in the sky above Aken, south of Berlin, in this picture taken June 23, 2004. Around 100 buildings were partially destroyed after a tornado raged through the east German region of Saxony on late Wednesday evening. REUTERS/Holger Otto
Two people were killed, several injured and widespread damage was caused in storms, including a tornado, that have hit Germany, state police said.

Wind gusting at up to 115 kilometres (65 miles) per hour tore down trees and damaged houses and property in the states of Saxony-Anhalt in the north, neighbouring Lower Saxony and the southern region of Bavaria.

A boat with three people aboard was caught in a storm on the Chiemsee lake in Bavaria on Wednesday. A 62-year-old man drowned, police said.

In Lower Saxony, a falling tree killed a man in the afternoon and another fell in the evening on a group of 16 students, badly injuring two of them.

A tornado struck the village of Micheln in Saxony-Anhalt injuring at least six people, damaging some 300 buildings and tearing roofs from homes.

Around 200 rescue workers were mobilised Thursday to reconnect electricity supplies and re-open roads that were blocked around the village.

"We have seen pictures of devastation like those we know of from the United States. It's the sort of thing you only usually see on television," said Bernhard Boedecker, coordinator of the rescue efforts.

More of them same weather was expected in Germany on Thursday.

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