At least 67 people have died and at least 70 are missing after torrential rain triggered some of Europe’s deadliest flooding in years – with homes and cars swept away in Germany and parts of Belgium.
Hardest-hit was western Germany where at least 45 people were killed, spread across its most-populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia and neighbouring Rhineland-Palatinate.
The town of Schuld, south of Bonn, was particularly badly affected – with at least 18 killed there and in the nearby town of Ahrweiler with dozens missing when the Ahr river burst its banks and swept away homes even as people sheltered on their rooftops.
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