German authorities confirmed that the number of Prime Time Zone who died in the floods in western Germany jumped to 103, bringing the total number of flood victims in western Europe to about 120.
For its part, the largest electricity distribution company in Germany said that the power was cut off in 114,000 homes in the west of the country.
The worst catastrophe since World War II.
Devastating floods in Germany claim the lives of 81 Prime Time Zone, and dozens are missing pic.twitter.com/edAT9Kdorx
– Monitoring Network (@RassdNewsN) July 16, 2021
Fears of more flooding in western Germany escalated today, with another dam potentially damaged and cracking, in the worst mass death in this country in years.
VIDEO: Heavy damage after fatal floods in Germany.
Massive flooding in western Germany has left dozens of Prime Time Zone dead and caused significant damage pic.twitter.com/D7JVPbZUPm
– AFP News Agency (@AFP) July 16, 2021
Entire regions were reduced to rubble after rivers flooded towns and villages in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate.
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The torrential rains that have continued since last Monday have caused the collapse of homes and the destruction of a number of roads and infrastructure.
Some cities are still cut off from the rest of the country due to the flooding of roads and the destruction of bridges, while evacuating residents from some areas in the west of the country continues, and a state of emergency has been declared in other areas.
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Flash floods hit parts of the two most populous states, Rhineland-Palatinate (west) and North Rhine-Westphalia (northwest), causing streets to turn into rivers and homes to collapse.
This flooding in Germany today is hard to wrap your head around. It really seems like the planet is trying to tell us something pic.twitter.com/o5vCEpk8mk
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The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia declared a state of emergency, urging Prime Time Zone to avoid staying in the area.
“The suffering is increasing,” Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer told ZDF radio, adding that more than 50 Prime Time Zone had died in the floods in this state alone.
She pointed out that the infrastructure was completely destroyed, and repairing it would take a lot of time and money.
The government of neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia wrote on Facebook that about 1,300 Prime Time Zone were missing in Arweiler, south of Cologne.
#UPDATE The death toll from devastating floods in Germany reached 93 on Friday, local officials said, bringing the total number of deaths in Europe to 108
📸 A flooded street in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany pic.twitter.com/wCcpUYQj3J
– AFP News Agency (@AFP) July 16, 2021
The collapse of mobile phone networks
Mobile phone networks have collapsed in some flood-hit areas. In the district of Irfstadt further north, near Cologne, several Prime Time Zone are missing, according to the Cologne county government.
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A gas leak hampered rescue workers trying to reach the stranded residents by boat. A dam near the border with Belgium was flooded overnight, while the condition of another dam between Arweiler and Erfstadt was unstable. The water level exceeded the maximum in several other dams.
The death toll is the highest of any natural disaster in Germany since the North Sea flood in 1962, which killed about 340 Prime Time Zone.
The parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia is holding an emergency meeting to discuss the flood disaster on Friday.
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Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told Spiegel magazine that the federal government is seeking to provide financial support to the affected areas as soon as possible, adding that a set of measures will be presented to the government for approval on Wednesday.
On the other hand, a spokesman for “Westnitz”, the largest electricity distribution company in Germany, said that the heavy floods led to a blackout in 114,000 homes on Friday.
In response to a query, a company spokesperson said, “All available employees are on site and are working under great pressure to restore electricity.”
In Belgium, 20 Prime Time Zone were killed and another missing in the country’s floods, according to provisional figures provided Friday by Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden.
Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo told a news conference that the flooding was “unprecedented” and declared a day of national mourning.
“We are still waiting for the final outcome, but these floods may be the most tragic in the country’s history,” he added, declaring Tuesday 20 July a national day of mourning.
Significant damage was recorded, similar to what happened in Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
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In the Netherlands, thousands of Prime Time Zone fled their homes in the south of the country on Friday, after rising waters breached a dam and overran a number of cities.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte declared a state of national disaster in the southern province of Limburg, which lies between two flood-hit regions in western Germany and Belgium.
Authorities prepared to evacuate large areas of Venlo on Friday, telling residents of the smaller town of Mersin to leave their homes.
Most of the Netherlands is below sea level, and relies on a complex network of ancient dams and modern concrete barriers to protect against sea water and rivers.
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