Biblical is the destruction in Germany by the deadly floods, which have cost the lives of more than 100 people. The same time, Belgium counts more than 20 dead.
More than 1,000 people are missing in the worst-hit areas of western Germany and Belgium on Friday, as water levels continue to rise and communications problems in some areas.
Entire communities have been devastated as floodwaters swept through towns and villages in the west. Germany, Belgium but also the Netherlands.
“It was terrible not being able to help people”said Frank Thel, a resident of the Rhineland-Palatinate region, to Reuters. “It simply came to our notice then. “Houses were collapsing to their right and left and in the middle of the house they were shaking hands.”
In Germany alone, 103 people have lost their lives, according to the latest report. This is one of the most serious loss of life in the country for years. Twelve of the dead were living in a home for the disabled in an area south of Cologne.
The death toll is expected to rise further as more homes collapse.
Some 114,000 households in Germany have no electricity on Friday and mobile networks have collapsed in some areas affected by floods, which means that friends and relatives can not get in touch with loved ones.