At least 59 people have been killed and over 1,000 are missing in Germany as the result of the catastrophic floods that have ravaged the western part of the country.
It’s been days of torrential downpour which has caused a major flooding in western Germany this week, with the death toll of about 59 people today.
Police officers, soldiers and other relief workers are on a massive rescue effort with 30 people dead in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, while another 29 victims were found in Rhineland-Palatinate.
An estimated 1,300 people remain missing, authorities are also still working to restore gas, electricity and water in the affected areas and at least six houses have also collapsed, with 25 more in danger of falling.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is visiting the US for a meeting with President Joe Biden, said the floods were “catastrophic,” adding that help is on the way for those affected.
“My thoughts are with you, and you can trust that all forces of our government – federal, regional and community – collectively will do everything under the most difficult conditions to save lives, alleviate dangers and to relieve distress,” Merkel said.
US President Joe Biden also offered condolences for victims, saying “It is a tragedy and our hearts are with the families who have lost loved ones.”