Death toll from floods in western Europe rises above 150 as waters begin to recede

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The decease toll from disastrous flooding successful occidental Europe roseate supra 150 connected Saturday arsenic rescue workers toiled to wide up the devastation and forestall further damage.

Police said that much than 90 radical are present known to person died successful occidental Germany’s Ahrweiler county, 1 of the worst-hit areas, and much casualties are feared. On Friday, authorities gave a decease toll of 63 for Rhineland-Palatinate state, wherever Ahrweiler is located.

Another 43 radical were confirmed dormant successful neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia state, Germany’s astir populous. Belgian broadcaster RTBF reported that the decease toll successful Belgium roseate to 27 connected Saturday.

By Saturday, waters were receding crossed overmuch of the affected regions, but officials feared that much bodies mightiness beryllium recovered successful cars and trucks that were swept away.

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier planned to question Saturday to Erftstadt, southwest of Cologne, wherever a harrowing rescue effort unfolded connected Friday arsenic radical were trapped erstwhile the crushed gave mode and their homes collapsed. Officials feared that immoderate radical didn’t negociate to escape, but by Saturday greeting nary casualties had been confirmed.

Many areas were inactive without energy and telephone service.

In summation to worst-hit Germany and Belgium, confederate parts of the Netherlands besides person been deed by dense flooding. And dense rainfall successful Switzerland has caused respective rivers and lakes to burst their banks, with authorities successful the metropolis of Lucerne closing respective pedestrian bridges implicit the Reuss river.

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