At least 93 dead and ‘1,300 missing’ after WORST flood in Germany...and more rain is still coming

 At least 93 people have died and up to 1,300 are feared missing after apocalyptic rains ravaged Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, sparking deadly floods.


Residents have been ordered to evacuate as swollen rivers are forecast to rise even higher tonight as more extreme weather is on the way — with fears growing the dam could burst.

The death toll from devastating floods across parts of western Germany and Belgium rose above 90 today, as the search continued for hundreds of people still unaccounted for.

About 1,300 people were missing in the Ahrweiler district south of Cologne, the district government said on Facebook.

Mobile phone networks have collapsed in some of the flood-stricken regions, which means that family and friends were unable to track down their loved ones.


Authorities in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate said 50 people had died there, including at least nine residents of an assisted living facility for people with disabilities.

In neighbouring North Rhine-Westphalia state officials put the death toll at 30, but warned that the figure could rise further.

Belgian broadcaster RTBF reported at least 12 dead in the country.

'CATASTROPHE'

The devastating storm dumped 148 litres of rain per square metre within 48 hours, which usually sees 80 litres during the whole of July.

Regional interior minister Roger Lewentz told broadcaster SWR: "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."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel dubbed the dire weather "a catastrophe" ahead of a meeting in Washington with US President Joe Biden.

She told a press conference: "Heavy rainfall and floods are very inadequate words to describe this — it is therefore really a catastrophe."

Flooding has also reached Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, while several regions in Switzerland, France and the Czech Republic also on high alert.

Authorities have warned to expect more flooding downstream after a dam near Heimbach, Germany overflowed last night

The unprecedented weather has created a perilous situation in Western Europe, seeing thousands forced to evacuate as homes collapse and cars are swept away by floodwaters.

Police have asked people to share footage and pictures of the floods to help them locate the missing as hundreds of soldiers were deployed to aid authorities.

Now, Germany's DWD meteorologists are predicting further "extreme storms" in the western and central parts of Germany, with peak rainfall possibly reaching 200 litres per square meter.

France, Italy, and Australia have sent a flood rescue team to assist overwhelmed Belgian authorities, as the government of the country's Wallonia region granted €2.5 billion in emergency aid.

Residents who live near the banks of the Meuse and Sambre rivers in Namur, Belgium and those in the city of Liege have been urged to evacuate as waters continue to rise.




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