- Devastating floods in Europe have killed at least 100 people as rescue operations continue.
- Around 1,500 people are missing.
- Dozens of houses will collapse due to a huge subsidence in the ground.
At least 100 people have died in devastating floods in parts of western Germany and Belgium, authorities said on Friday, as rescue operations and the search for thousands still missing continue, The Associated Press reported.
Authorities in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate said 50 people had died there, including at least nine residents of an assisted living center for people with disabilities. In neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia, state officials put the death toll at 43, but warned that the figure could rise further.
Floods in Europe leave hundreds dead and thousands missing
In accordance with NBC News, at least 1,500 people were missing when frantic efforts to rescue They entered on a second day. Rescue teams rushed in on Friday to help people trapped in their homes in the city of Erftstadt, southwest of Cologne.
Regional authorities said several people had died after their houses collapsed due to the sinking, and aerial photographs showed what appeared to be a huge sinkhole.
“Some people did not manage to escape”
“We managed to get 50 people out of their homes last night,” said Frank Rock, the county administration chief. “We know of 15 people who still need to be rescued.”
Speaking to German broadcaster n-tv, Rock said authorities did not yet have a precise number of how many had died. “You have to assume that, given the circumstances, some people were unable to escape,” he said.
In Germany 1,300 missing
Authorities said late Thursday that some 1,300 people in Germany were still missing, but warned that the high number could be due to duplication of data and difficulties in reaching people due to disrupted roads and phone connections.
In a tentative count, the Belgian death toll rose to 12, with 5 people still missing, local authorities and the media reported early Friday.
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