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Europe Floods: Merkel Expresses Shock Over The Level Of Destruction

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed shock at what she described as surreal destruction caused by last week’s flooding.

Mrs Merkel visited affected areas of western Germany on Sunday, talking to survivors and emergency workers.

According to report, at least, 183 people in Germany and Belgium are dead in the floods.

Heavy rain is continuing to wreak havoc, with attention now shifting to parts of Austria and southern Germany.

Emergency crews rescued people from homes in the Austrian region of Salzburg, where floodwaters submerged the streets of one town. The fire brigade said the capital Vienna saw more rainfall in an hour on Saturday night than in the previous seven weeks.

In the Upper Bavaria region, heavy rains deluged basements and roads.

Meanwhile in western Germany, authorities said the Steinbachtal dam remained at risk of breaching after residents were evacuated from homes downstream.

European leaders have blamed climate change for the floods, which have also affected Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Experts say global warming makes torrential rainfall more likely. The world has already warmed by about 1.2C since the industrial era began.

BBC

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