A search is underway in Western Europe for people who have gone missing as a result of major flooding in the region. More than 120 people were killed in the floods.
Flooding occurred in the western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate as a result of heavy rain on Wednesday and Thursday. According to the state government, at least 105 people died, and many more are still missing.
The search involved approximately 15,000 police officers, soldiers, and emergency personnel.
A local resident described the situation as “terrible,” adding that it’s heartbreaking to see everything you’ve worked for destroyed by the flood.
During a visit to the United States on Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that her thoughts are with the people in the affected areas.
According to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the only way to keep such extreme weather conditions in check is to fight climate change aggressively.
The floods also inundated parts of Belgium and the Netherlands. At least 20 people were killed, according to authorities in Brussels. They declared Tuesday to be a national day of mourning. They also stated that the celebrations for Belgian National Day, which is on Wednesday, would be scaled back.