Rescue operation is underway to find survivors of floods that have wreaked havoc across western Europe, killing more than 120 people. Hundreds are still missing after record rainfall triggered severe floods in Germany and Belgium. Heavy rains also hit Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands – where Prime Minister Mark Rutte has declared a national disaster in one southern province. European leaders have blamed the extreme weather on climate change.
In Germany, where the death toll stands at over 100, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he was stunned by the devastation ahead of a visit to a flood-hit region today.
Rescue efforts in Germany were hampered by difficult conditions yesterday, leaving relatives of the missing waiting anxiously for news. Phone networks were down, roads were badly damaged, and more than 100,000 homes were without power.