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Thousands Left in the Dark in Germany as Floods Cut Power Supply

  • Utility RWE says Inden coal mine halted, one employee missing
  • E.ON says it was forced to cut electricity to 165,000 people
Major damage in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany, on July 16. 

Major damage in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany, on July 16. 

Photographer: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

Deadly floods that devastated parts of western Germany have left thousands in the dark as utilities were forced to curb electricity supplies.

Germany utility giant EON SE cut power to 165,000 people in the western part of the country after heavy rainfall caused river levels to rise sharply, flooding the energy infrastructure in the West of the country. RWE AG halted operations at the Tagebau Inden open-cast coal mine, curbing supplies to its Weisweiler power plant now operating at reduced capacity.