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At least 126 people dead as Europe reels from worst floods in years

Devastating floods have torn through entire villages and killed at least 126 people in Europe, most of them in western Germany, where stunned emergency services were still combing the wreckage on Friday. Unsuspecting residents were caught entirely off guard by the torrent dubbed the “flood of death” by German newspaper Bild. SIn some areas, streets, and houses were submerged by water while cars were left overturned on soaked streets after flood waters passed. Some districts were utterly cut off. “Everything was underwater within 15 minutes,” Agron Berisha, a 21-year-old decorator from Bad Neuenahr in Rhineland-Palatinate state, told AFP.

A firefighter walks through a debris field caused by flooding in Rhineland-Palatinate, Bad Neuenahr, on 16 July.

“Our flat, our office, our neighbours’ houses, everywhere was underwater.

A firefighter walks through a debris field caused by flooding in Rhineland-Palatinate, Bad Neuenahr, on 16 July.

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In nearby Schuld, Hans-Dieter Vrancken, 65, said, “caravans, cars were washed away, trees were uprooted, houses were knocked down”. “We have lived here in Schuld for over 20 years, and we have never experienced anything like it. It’s like a warzone,” he said.

Roger Lewentz, interior minister for Rheinland-Palatinate, told Bild that the death toll was likely to rise as emergency services searched the affected areas over the coming days. “When emptying cellars or pumping out cellars, we keep coming across people who have lost their lives in these floods,” he said.

pile up in a street in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany, on 16 July, 2021.” src=”https://sl.sbs.com.au/public/image/file/842c3c2e-a631-4e6c-99c1-8f0280475f5f” alt=”Debris and a damaged car pile up in a street in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany, on 16 July, 2021.” width=”700″ height=”467″ />

Debris and a damaged car pile up in a street in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany, on 16 July, 2021.

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Adding to the devastation, several more people were feared dead in a landslide in the town of Erftstadt in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) triggered by the floods.

In neighbouring Belgium, the government confirmed the death toll had jumped to 20 – earlier reports had said 23 dead – with more than 21,000 people left without electricity in one region.

Luxembourg and the Netherlands were also hammered by heavy rains, inundating many areas and forcing thousands to be evacuated in the city of Maastricht.

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