Update (1700ET): At least 125 people have died and 1,300 unaccounted for after devastating floods ripped through western Germany and Belgium.
Rescuers are frantically searching flooded towns in Rhineland-Palatinate, a southwest German state bordered by France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and North-Rhine Westphalia, a western German state.
Thousands of people are homeless, and the German army has deployed 900 soldiers to assist rescuers and the clean-up effort.
The photographs below show the extent of the damage. Some meteorologists have said the weather event was considered a “100-year rainstorm.”
Rescuers walk the streets of a shopping district in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany. Many of the shops have been devastated by the flooding.
Flooding in parts of the Blessem district of Erftstadt, Germany, wiped out homes, streets, and infrastructure.
Here’s what remains of a neighborhood in Schuld.
Reuters reports 114,000 households in western Germany are without power Friday night.
The Ahr River overflowed and decimated the town of Insul, Germany.
Cars piled up in one German town after intense flooding.
The ground under one town completely gave way.
Images from North Rhine-Westphalia.
Bloomberg shares aerial footage of a massive sinkhole that opened up in western Germany.
Drone footage of the destruction in Germany.
The situation is still ongoing, and deaths may rise into the weekend. There is no telling what damage costs are at the moment nor economic impact.
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At least 1,300 people are still unaccounted for Friday after flash floods in western Germany and Belgium left more than 100 dead and several towns devastated. Rescue efforts continue for the second day as the true extent of this tragedy is only being revealed as floodwaters recede.
According to CNN, 103 people have died in Germany following torrential rainfalls that swept through the country on Wednesday and Thursday. So far, authorities are saying that 1,300 people are missing and the Europe-wide death toll is 117.
The death toll in Rhineland-Palatinate, a southwest German state bordered by France, Belgium, and Luxembourg, has soared to at least 60, the state premier Malu Dreyer said Friday.
Dreyer said there was bad news every hour as rescue efforts continue to find more bodies.
“We have 60 dead to mourn at the moment, and it is to be feared that the number will rise even further,” she told reporters, adding, “We have not yet reached the stage where we can say that situation is easing.”
In North-Rhine Westphalia, a western German state, 43 have been confirmed dead, the state’s Interior Ministry spokeswoman Katja Heins told CNN.
Armin Laschet, North-Rhine Westphalia’s state premier, said the flooding is “a catastrophe of historic proportions,” adding that more fatalities are expected.
Officials believe the high number of people missing was due to a telecommunications blackout after floodwaters knocked out critical telecommunications infrastructure.
Andreas Friedrich, a German weather service spokesman, said the weather event had “very severe precipitation” and was equivalent to about two months of rain.
Axios said, “the rainfall amounts had around a 1% chance of occurring in an individual year, making it a 100-year rainstorm.”
AP reports the German Army dispatched 900 troops to heavily impacted states to assist with rescue efforts.
Thousands of people are homeless as the damage outlined in the tweets below shows entire towns were hit with a wall of water.
Towns in western Germany were devastated by the floodwaters.
Rhine water levels are expected to recede in the coming days, but barrage traffic will be disrupted until next week.