The death toll found in Germany and Belgium continues to rise following deadly flooding in Western Europe, with nearly 160 people known to have been killed. As the flood waters recede, it is feared that more deaths will be found. A huge task is beginning to clean up devastated communities, restore power and count the damage.
EuropeThe unusual flooding caused serious deaths and injuries in western Europe: at least 133 people died in Germany, according to a new report from German police on Saturday. Ninety people died in the Ahrweiler wine-growing region south of Cologne alone as a result of the flooding. Hundreds of people are still unaccounted for.
In Belgium, four more people were confirmed dead on Saturday, July 17, according to Reuters. The floods may have claimed 24 lives in Belgium, according to the country’s national crisis center. The center is coordinating rescue efforts. According to AFP, Luxembourg and the Netherlands also suffered damage, with residents in some areas forced to relocate.
Western Germany is one of the hardest hit areas. According to the local police officer in Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate, “It is feared that more people will die. In addition, authorities in the state have recorded some “618 people injured.
About 700 residents of Wassenburg near Cologne had to be evacuated during the night after a dam broke on Friday evening.
The town’s mayor, Marcel Maurer, said: “The water level has not risen since last night, so we can say the situation is stable. He said, “We have reason to be optimistic, but it’s too early to celebrate.”
German President Steinmeier will tour the hardest-hit areas this afternoon. The theme of climate change is gaining traction in the German campaign.