The death toll from the heavy rains and floods that are lashing parts of Central Europe has risen to 133 in Germany, bringing the death toll in Europe to 153.
“According to updated information, 90 people lost their lives during the catastrophe” in the Rhineland-Palatinate region, one of the most affected, said Saturday police in Koblens, cited by AFP.
Authorities admit that there may be more deaths, as there are still dozens of people missing in these two regions, especially in a locality near Cologne, where a large landslide toppled several buildings.
This number adds to the 43 deaths recorded in North Rhine-Westphalia, another German region heavily hit by the floods, and the 20 deaths recorded in Belgium, where there are another 20 people missing.
In Belgium, the government decreed that next Tuesday will be a day of national mourning.
In addition to Belgium and Germany, flood rains and consequent floods caused serious material damage in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland.