At least 168 people died as a result of torrential rains and the consequent floods and floods that have affected in recent days, above all, Germany and Belgium, indicated this Saturday a new assessment by the authorities of these two countries.
The previous report of victims of the intense rains and floods that are lashing part of Central Europe gave an account of 153 deaths.
The number of fatalities in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate (western Germany), where the county of Ahrweiler is located, one of the most affected by adverse weather conditions, rose to 98.
According to local authorities, among the victims are at least 12 residents of an assistance center for people with disabilities.
Authorities warn that these numbers could rise as some 1,300 people in Ahrweiler County remain unreachable and reported missing.
Efforts to make contact with these people are being hampered by the damage done to communication networks.
The death of another 43 people was also confirmed by authorities in the neighboring state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
In total terms, there are 141 deaths in German territory.
Returning from a trip to Washington, United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit the Rhineland-Palatinate region on Sunday, local authorities said today.
According to agency France-Presse (AFP), quoting a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior of the regional executive, Merkel will go to the village of Schuld, a place described as a “martyr”, since almost everything in the locality was destroyed by the force of the water. .
Merkel has already called these events a “national tragedy” and pledged to apply all federal aid to help with reconstruction.
Already today, the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, visited the town of Erftstadt, in the neighboring region of North Rhine-Westphalia, where a landslide occurred as a result of the floods.
Equally battered by levels of rainfall and floods of historic contours, Belgium, through the national crisis center, also updated the number of fatalities in the country, reporting that at least 27 people have died and another 103 are still missing.
In Belgium, the Government decreed that next Tuesday, the 20th, will be a day of national mourning.
In addition to Belgium and Germany, heavy rains and consequent flooding caused serious material damage in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland.