Deaths from the floods that devastate Western Europe exceed 150, as reported this Saturday. Only in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate there are more than 90 deaths. Germany is the main affected by the climate disaster.
The number of victims in that area is expected to rise. Another German state, North Rhine-Westphalia, adds 46 deaths. On Belgium At the moment, 24 fatalities have been reported, at a time when the waters subside and a bleak panorama is seen: destroyed houses, fallen trees, stacked cars.
The governments of the affected areas have activated cleaning operations and seek to restore the energy supply, while evaluating the economic losses, which are calculated as millions of dollars.
The German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, planned to travel in these hours to Erftstadt, located southwest of Cologne. In that city there was an operation to rescue people who were trapped when the floor gave way. Three houses and part of a mansion collapsed in Blessem, the tourist district of that town.
The Army took to the streets to remove the vehicles washed away by the flood. Some trucks were partially submerged. Whether trapped drivers were found is currently unknown. To this is added that many houses do not have power or telephone service, which makes it difficult to locate many people. So a figure of disappeared is registered that exceeds one thousand.
On the border with the Netherlands, some 700 people had to be evacuated in Wassenberg, as a result of the breakage of a dam on the Rur river. In eastern Belgium, railways and routes remained blocked. Rail service is expected to be restored on Monday. The Belgian Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, planned to visit the affected areas this Saturday.
The southern Netherlands It has also suffered floods, while the rains have overflowed lakes and rivers in Swiss. In fact, in Lucerne the pedestrian crossings over the Reuss River had to be closed.