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Baltic Sea countries assess widespread damage by autumn storm

Published : 21 Oct 2023, 23:05

  DF News Desk
Only the tip of a sunken ship peaks out of the water after a storm surge. Photo: Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa/Daniel Bockwoldt.

Residents of Denmark and other countries on the Baltic Sea on Saturday assessed widespread damage caused by the first big storm of the autumn that had battered the region since Thursday, reported dpa.

Flooding was still affecting several parts of Denmark after the water level rose 2 metres higher than usual, the Ritzau news agency reported.

Images from impacted areas showed people wading through the deluge or starting to clean up.

In the port of Rødvig, where cottages were damaged, the DR broadcaster showed footage of a man standing in a partly submerged house playing the piano.

Flooding also affected southern Sweden, where several train lines had to be shut down.

In Norway, about 21,000 people were still without electricity on Saturday morning, according to the NTB news agency. Rescue services were working to clear fallen trees, and disruptions affected many roads and train lines.

Meanwhile, the ferry company Scandlines allowed ships to sail between Germany and Denmark again on Saturday after suspending services on Thursday. Copenhagen's Kastrup airport also announced on X, formerly Twitter, that it had resumed normal operations.

Germany's northern state of Schleswig-Holstein also took a lashing in the storm. In the coastal city of Flensburg, the water had surged more than 2 metres above normal, to its highest level in over 100 years.

On the state's Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn, a woman died on Friday afternoon when a tree fell on her car.