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Germany floods: Deaths rise as Merkel visits hard-hit town

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Berlin, July19: Parts of western Germany continue to reel from the devastation of massive flooding, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel promises government assistance to ravaged communities.

So far, at least 160 people have died in Germany since the floods began on Wednesday, according to police.

Germany floods: Deaths rise as Merkel visits hard-hit town

The state of Rhineland-Palatinate alone has recorded 112 fatalities from the flooding. Dozens have also been killed in neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia.

Hundreds of members of the German military have been deployed to help with rescue efforts. German police contacted 700 missing people on Sunday, but dozens are still unaccounted for.

DW correspondents witness destruction, cleanup efforts

Several DW correspondents reported on the destruction from the flooding and the resulting cleanup efforts.

DW's Giulia Saudelli visited the flood-hit village of Schuld on Sunday, which was also the site of Merkel's visit. The town of just over 700 people is located in the Eifel region, near the Belgian border.

"One can see the devastation and destruction that the water has brought through the town," Saudelli said.

"Some of the houses that were closer to the river have been completely swept away. Houses further back away from the water are destroyed up to the second floor; some are completely gutted and filled with mud and debris," she added.

Survivors of the flooding are unsure if they will ever be able to return to their homes.

Flood survivor Vera David waited for over 24 hours for emergency personnel on the top floor of her home, which has now been ruined by the floodwaters.

"There are so many dead. It is unbelievable," David told DW.

Source: DW

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