Jul 18, 2021
By Jeremy Logan
The death toll from flooding in Western Europe has climbed above 180 after rescue workers dug deeper into debris left by receding waters.
Police put the toll from the hard-hit Ahrweiler area of western Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate state at more than 110 and say the number may still rise.
The death toll in neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia state is 45 people including four firefighters.
And Belgium has confirmed 27 casualties. Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to visit Schuld, a village near Ahrweiler that was devastated by the flooding.
There was flooding Saturday night in the German-Czech border area, across the country from where last week’s floods hit, and in Germany’s southeastern corner and over the border in Austria.