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Merkel is shocked by the death and devastation of more than 180 people

Mrs Merkel visited the affected areas of West Germany on Sunday, speaking to survivors and emergency staff. A minimum of 188 individuals have now died in floods in Germany and Belgium. With heavy rain persevering with to wreak havoc, consideration is now turning to elements of Austria and southern Germany.

Emergency staff rescued individuals from houses within the Austrian area of Salzburg, the place floodwaters submerged the streets of a metropolis. The hearth division mentioned the capital Vienna obtained extra rain in an hour on Saturday night time than within the earlier seven weeks. Within the Higher Bavaria area, one individual died when basements and streets have been flooded as a consequence of heavy rains.

In the meantime, in West Germany, officers mentioned the Steinbachtal dam, southwest of Bonn, was in peril of collapsing, as residents have been evacuated from houses beneath.

European leaders have blamed local weather change for the floods, which have additionally affected Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Specialists say that international warming will increase the probabilities of torrential rains. The world has already warmed by about 1.2C for the reason that industrial age started.

Mrs Merkel mentioned that the world "The fight against climate change must intensify".

She walked by way of the badly affected Shuld village, took inventory of the harm and spoke to residents and emergency staff. He later promised to expedite help for the reconstruction. "We are on your side" he made the state of affairs "Scary" Mentioned saying. "It’s shocking – I can almost say that there are no words in the German language for the ruin that has been ruined," he mentioned.

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz mentioned a package deal of €300m ($354m; £257m) in fast help could be proposed at a cupboard assembly on Wednesday.


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