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Photos: Deadly flooding in western Europe


Houses are damaged by flooding in Insul, Germany, on Thursday, July 15. The Ahr river burst its banks the night before.

Michael Probst/AP

Updated 11:51 PM ET, Thu July 15, 2021

Houses are damaged by flooding in Insul, Germany, on Thursday, July 15. The Ahr river burst its banks the night before.

Michael Probst/AP

Severe flooding caused by historic rainfall has led to dozens of deaths in western Europe, and many other people remained missing as of Thursday.

“In some areas we have not seen this much rainfall in 100 years,” Andreas Friedrich, a German weather service spokesman, told CNN.

Flash floods have swept across western and southern Germany, causing buildings to collapse, police said. Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland have also been affected by flooding.


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