EUROPE'S DEATH TOLL RISES AS FLOODWATERS RECEDE

Jul 18, 2021

By Jeremy Logan

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The death toll from flooding in Western Europe has climbed above 180 after rescue workers dug deeper into debris left by receding waters.

Police put the toll from the hard-hit Ahrweiler area of western Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate state at more than 110 and say the number may still rise.

The death toll in neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia state is 45 people including four firefighters.

And Belgium has confirmed 27 casualties. Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to visit Schuld, a village near Ahrweiler that was devastated by the flooding.

There was flooding Saturday night in the German-Czech border area, across the country from where last week’s floods hit, and in Germany’s southeastern corner and over the border in Austria.

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