Germany flood: Death toll hits 130

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Members of the Bundeswehr forces, surrounded by partially submerged cars, wade through the flood water following heavy rainfalls in Erftstadt-Blessem, Germany, July 17, 2021. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

The death toll of the devastating flood in Western Germany has now surpassed 130.

This is after police announced 90 fatalities in the Ahrweiler district on Saturday.

Saturday’s figure brings the total number of deaths in Germany’s Western region to 133, with 43 confirmed in North Rhine Westphalia late on Friday.

Rescue work continued across Europe where more than 150 people have died in the flooding after heavy rainfall hit parts of Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

In Germany, the police said on Saturday they feared more deaths would be confirmed in the Ahrweiler district, the focus of the crisis in the Western state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

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The police there said they had received reports of 618 people injured.

In the Ahr valley area, the police asked the public to avoid the area where possible to keep routes clear for rescue vehicles.

Many are still missing more than two days after massive flooding hit the region and search and rescue efforts are ongoing.

Over 19,000 emergency forces are working in rescue operations in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia, according to the regional government.

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