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German Government rejects accusations of flood preparedness failures

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Steinbachtal Dam, GermanyReuters German officials rejected suggestions that they had done too little to prepare for last week’s floods and said warning systems had worked, as the death toll from the country’s worst natural disaster in almost six decades rose above 160. Flooding has devastated parts of Western Europe since last Wednesday, with the German […]

“It’s terrifying”: Merkel shaken as flood deaths rise to 188 in Europe

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Berchtesgaden/Biscofswiesen, GermanyReuters German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the flooding that has devastated parts of Europe as “terrifying” on Sunday after the death toll across the region rose to 188 and a district of Bavaria was battered by the extreme weather. Merkel promised swift financial aid after visiting one of the areas worst affected by the […]

Death toll rises to 170 in Germany and Belgium floods

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Erftstadt/Wassenberg, GermanyReuters The death toll in devastating flooding in western Germany and Belgium rose to at least 170 on Saturday after burst rivers and flash floods this week collapsed houses and ripped up roads and power lines. Some 143 people died in the flooding in Germany’s worst natural disaster in more than half a century. […]