Friday, July 16, 2021

Germany Floods: Merkel Voices Horror at ‘Catastrophe’ as Death Toll Passes 80 - FARS

Germany Floods

(FNA)- Devastating flooding in Germany killed more than 80 people, with scores missing in one district alone, as Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed deep sympathy for victims of a “catastrophe” whose extent will only be seen in the coming days.

On Friday morning, German media reported at least 81 people had died in the two worst-hit states, Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, with 50 and at least 30 deaths respectively, The Guardian reported.

On Thursday night, authorities in the district of Ahrweiler said the death toll was expected to climb, and they were trying to trace about 1,300 missing people, though the high figure is due to damaged mobile phone networks.

Regional Interior Minister Roger Lewentz told broadcaster SWR, “We believe there are still 40, 50 or 60 people missing, and when you haven’t heard for people for such a long time ... you have to fear the worst.”

“The number of victims will likely keep rising in the coming days,” he added.

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