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German rock show resumes after injuries

dpadpa 5/06/2016

Organisers of the Rock am Ring festival got the show restarted late on Saturday after extreme weather caused havoc in various parts of Germany.

A major annual rock festival in western Germany resumed after storms and lightning injured dozens of people and disrupted the event for nearly 24 hours.

The problems getting the second day of the Rock am Ring show running were part of the havoc in Germany from a week of extreme weather that has left parts of southern Germany under water, causing an estimated 1 billion euros ($A1.54 billion) of damage.

Rock am Ring organisers got the show restarted late on Saturday, several hours behind schedule, using two stages to squeeze in as many bands as possible.

The three-day concert typically brings out a variety of headliners - this year's slate included the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Black Sabbath.

Earlier, organisers had cautioned that the Saturday show "might last into the early morning," pending official approval.

Twenty minutes later, the festival website carried an alert advising people to take shelter from a storm about to hit the former Mendig airbase, where the stages are erected.

Up to 82 people may have been hit by one lightning blast late on Friday, including 15 reported to be seriously injured.

Live music performances were suspended for about 90 minutes late on Friday while rescue teams dealt with the injured. The festival resumed later with about 90,000 fans in attendance.

Given the forecast for more storms during the rest of the weekend, Roger Lewentz, interior minister for the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, in which the festival is taking place, told dpa: "I don't expect Rock am Ring to take place on Sunday."

Last year's festival was affected by a lightning storm, in which 33 people were injured.

On the other side of the country, in Nuremburg in southern Germany, the affiliated Rock im Park concert suffer about 30 minutes of heavy rain and thunder but continued otherwise unabated.

By then, many concertgoers had fled the main stage area, some taking shelter in the festival camping grounds, leaving a core of stubborn fans to enjoy the music in muddy conditions.

Until the storms struck the festival in western Germany, most of the weather-related problems this week were in southern Germany.

Residents evacuated following a landslide were allowed to return to their homes in the southwestern town of Schwaebisch Gmuend.

Floods in other parts of Germany - where at least seven people have been killed in recent days - brought out so many volunteers offering to help that traffic jams arose.

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