Police in Germany reported Friday that at least 80 people have died as a result of flooding in the west of the country.

The states affected are North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, where at least 30 and 50 people have died respectively. “The fear is that there will be more,” a police spokesman was quoted as saying by ‘Bild’.

Also, the Ahrweiler district administration has indicated that 1,300 people are missing and noted that 19 died, although this figure is expected to rise. In addition to the victims and missing persons, the floods have caused serious damage to several towns and roads.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her condolences to the victims and said she is “shocked by the reports that there are places that are completely under water”. “We do not yet know the number of victims and those affected, but there will be many,” she lamented.

The storm is also affecting Belgium, where eleven people have died and four are missing, in addition to being affected the electricity service and interrupted mobility in the Walloon region, according to ‘Le Soir’.

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