Sumary of Rescuers rush to help as Europe’s flood toll surpasses 120:
- BERLIN (AP) — Emergency workers in western German and Belgium rushed Friday to rescue hundreds of people in danger or still unaccounted for as the death toll from devastating floods rose to more than 120 people.Authorities in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate said 63 people had died there, including 12 residents of an assisted living facility for disabled people in the town of Sinzig who were surprised by a sudden rush of water from the nearby Ahr River.
- In neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia state officials put the death toll at 43, but warned that the figure could increase.
- German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he was “stunned” by the devastation caused by the flooding and pledged support to the families of those killed and to cities and towns facing significant damage.“In the hour of need, our country stands together,” Steinmeier said in a statement.
- Belgian Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden told the VRT network Friday that the country’s official confirmed death toll had grown to 20, with 20 other people still missing.Water levels on the Meuse Rriver that runs from Belgium into the Netherlands remains critical, and several dikes were at risk of collapsing, Verlinden said.
- Thousands of people remained homeless in Germany after their houses were destroyed or deemed at-risk by authorities.The governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, who is hoping to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel as the nation’s leader after Germany’s election on Sept.
- 26, said the disaster had caused immense economic damage to the country’s most densely populated state.“The floods have literally pulled the ground from beneath many people’s feet,” Gov.