Severe storms with heavy rainfall have caused flooding and damage to buildings in parts of Austria.

In the Villach-Land district in the southern state of Carinthia, streams burst their banks on Wednesday night, the Austrian news agency APA reported, citing emergency services.

In addition, mudslides in the mountains, so-called mudflows, buried houses up to the first floor.

In meetings at Lake Ossiach and in the climatic health resort of Arriach, people were reportedly asked to stay at home with a civil defense warning because there was a danger to life outdoors.

"The meeting area is completely flooded and muddy," said Hans-Jörg Rossbacher from the state alarm and warning center (LAWZ) according to APA.

The fire brigade, supported by a police helicopter, tried to find out how many people were stuck in their homes because of the consequences of the storm.

The army was also requested for support, as APA further reported.

Because of the mud masses, some areas could not be reached by vehicles, and the emergency services needed heavy equipment.

The fire brigades have been on about 150 missions in several Carinthian communities since Tuesday evening, the report said.

The storm knocked down trees and covered entire roofs.

According to the police, a power cable was also cut.

According to APA, Gerhard Hohenwarter from the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) said that in Arriach and other places in the region it had "rained as much in just a few hours as in an average June."

Around 100 other storm-related fire brigade operations were reported from Upper Austria.

According to the APA, it was mostly about flooding of basements, but there were also traffic accidents and roads blocked by trees and lightning strikes on houses and farm buildings.