Deadly flooding leaves trail of damage in Germany
More than 80 people have died after severe flooding in western Germany, as rescuers continue to search for survivors.
A total of 1,300 residents remain missing in the Ahrweiler district in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, according to the district government.
In the village of Schuld and elsewhere, houses were swept away after rivers burst their banks following days of extreme rainfall.
Speaking from Washington on Thursday, Angela Merkel expressed her sorrow at the events unfolding in her home country, calling it a day “characterised by fear, by despair, by suffering”.
Her potential successor as chancellor, Armin Laschet, the premier of the badly-affected state of North Rhine-Westphalia, blamed the climate crisis for the catastrophe.
“We will be faced with such events over and over, and that means we need to speed up climate protection measures… because climate change isn’t confined to one state,” he said.
Deaths have also been reported in Belgium, with the mayor of Liège ordering residents to evacuate their homes on Thursday. The Netherlands and Luxembourg have also been affected by severe flooding.
More than 80 dead and 1,300 missing in German floods
More than 80 people have died and a further 1,300 are missing in western Germany as a result of severe flooding.
This comes after some parts of the country experienced their highest rainfall in a century.
Rescue efforts are ongoing.
Rory Sullivan16 July 2021 07:42
Good morning, and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of the devastating flooding in Europe.
Rory Sullivan16 July 2021 07:40