The death toll from devastating floods across parts of western Germany has risen to 106, according to local authorities, pushing the total death toll from flooding in Western Europe past 125, as the search continued for hundreds of people still unaccounted for.
While heavy rainfall battered parts of France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, the worst-hit areas were western Germany where at least 63 victims have been reported in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and 43 in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In Belgium, the death toll has risen to 23.
There are fears more victims could be found as waters drain away across the devastated region and clean up and salvage operations are stepped up. Nearly 900 army personnel have joined rescue workers in Germany as about 1,300 people were still reported missing.
Authorities, though, said efforts to contact them could be hampered by disrupted roads and phone connections.
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