Europe floods: Death toll over 100 as rescues continue
BERLIN (AP) — At least 100 people have died in devastating floods across parts of western Germany and Belgium, officials said Friday, as rescue operations and the search for hundreds still unaccounted for continued.
Authorities in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate said 50 people had died there. In neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia state officials put the death toll at 43, and Belgium reported 12 dead.
Rescuers were rushing to help people trapped in their homes in the town of Erftstadt, southwest of Cologne.
Regional authorities said several people had died after their houses collapsed due to subsidence, and aerial pictures showed what appeared to be a massive sinkhole.
Officials have warned such disasters could become more common due to climate change.