80 dead, hundreds missing following German floods

Written by on July 16, 2021

At least 80 people have died, and hundreds more are unaccounted for, in Germany after some of the worst flooding in decades.

Belgium has also reported at least 11 dead after the extreme weather, which political leaders have blamed on climate change.

Record rainfall in western Europe caused rivers to burst their banks, devastating the region.

Armin Laschet, the premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, blamed the extreme weather on global warming during a visit to a hard-hit area.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged full support for the victims.

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