Death toll from Europe floods tops 150 as water recedes

Death toll from catastrophic floods in the West Europe rose above 150 on Saturday as rescuers worked to clear the devastation and prevent further damage.

Police say that more than 90 people are now known to have died in the west GermanyAhrweiler County, one of the hardest hit areas, and more casualties are feared. On Friday, authorities gave the death toll for the entire state of Rhineland-Palatinate, where Ahrweiler is located.

Another 43 people were confirmed dead nearby Northern Rhine-Western phalia state, Germany’s most populous state, and 20 others perished across the border in Belgium.

By Saturday, water had receded across most of the affected areas, but officials were concerned that more bodies could be found in washed up cars and trucks.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was scheduled to travel on Saturday to Erftstadt, southwest of Germany. Cologne, where a tough rescue effort took place on Friday as people were trapped as the ground gave way and their homes collapsed.


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