FactualThe toll of devastating weather in Europe now exceeds 100 deaths, most of them in Germany. “I fear that we do not see the full extent of the disaster in the next few days,” Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Thursday evening, visiting Washington.
“The suffering only increases. ” These words, spoken on Friday July 16, are those of Malu Dreyer, Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate, a German Land ravaged by the floods. Floods and landslides have left more than 93 dead and hundreds missing in Germany over the past two days, a record unparalleled in the country’s recent history.
Beyond Rhineland-Palatinate, one of the worst-affected regions, many people were missing in Erftstadt, North Rhine-Westphalia, after a landslide following flooding, according to a spokeswoman for the district. . Images of the disaster area released by authorities showed a large crater into which masses of earth, brown water and debris are pouring out.
Elsewhere in Europe, Belgium – with at least 12 dead – the Netherlands – where several districts of Maastricht had to be evacuated – and Luxembourg were badly affected by the bad weather.
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