Europe flooding toll over 180 as rescuers dig deeper

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BERLIN: The loss of life toll from flooding in Western Europe climbed above 180 on Sunday, July 18, 2021 after rescue staff dug deeper into particles left by receding waters.

Police put the toll from the hard-hit Ahrweiler space of western Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate state at 110 and mentioned they feared the quantity should still rise. In neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia state, Germany’s most populous, 45 folks have been confirmed lifeless, together with 4 firefighters. And Belgium has confirmed 27 casualties.

Chancellor Angela Merkel was attributable to go to Schuld, a village close to Ahrweiler that was devastated by the flooding, later Sunday. Her go to comes after Germany’s president went to the realm on Saturday and made clear that it’ll want long-term assist.

There was flooding Saturday night time within the German-Czech border space, throughout the nation from the place final week’s floods hit, and in Germany’s southeastern nook and over the border in Austria.

Some 65 folks have been evacuated in Germany’s Berchtesgaden space after the Ache River swelled. At the very least one particular person was killed. 

A flash flood swept by way of the close by Austrian city of Hallein late Saturday, however there have been no quick stories of casualties. 

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz mentioned on Twitter that heavy rain and storms have been inflicting severe harm in a number of components of Austria.

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