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Death toll from Europe floods tops 150 as water recedes

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier plans to travel southwest of Cologne to Erftstadt where many homes collapsed.
A regional train sits in the flood waters at the local station in Kordel, Germany, Thursday...
A regional train sits in the flood waters at the local station in Kordel, Germany, Thursday July 15, 2021 after it was flooded by the high waters of the Kyll river.(Sebastian Schmitt/dpa via AP)
Published: Jul. 17, 2021 at 3:07 AM CDT
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BERLIN (AP) - The death toll from disastrous flooding in western Europe has risen above 150 as rescue workers toil to clear up the devastation and prevent further damage.

Police say more than 90 people are now known to have died in western Germany’s Ahrweiler county, one of the worst-hit areas, and more casualties are feared. Authorities on Friday gave a toll of 63 dead for Rhineland-Palatinate state where Ahrweiler is located.

Another 43 people were confirmed dead in neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia state and 20 were killed across the border in Belgium.

Waters were receding by Saturday. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier plans to travel southwest of Cologne to Erftstadt where many homes collapsed.

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