German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday toured the “shocking” aftermath of record flooding in the country and vowed to ramp up efforts to combat climate change — as the death toll climbed to more than 180, according to reports.
Merkel, who described the wreckage she surveilled as “terrifying,” pledged to hasten efforts to clean up the damage caused by the severe flooding.
“We are by your side,” she said, according to the BBC.
The outlet reported that at least 188 people in Belgium and Germany have died in the devastating floods as of Sunday morning.
After seeing the condition of the German city of Schuld, one of the hardest hit areas, Merkel said she got a “real picture of, I must say, the surreal, ghostly situation.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2-L) and Rhineland-Palatinate Premier Malu Dreyer (2-R) inspect the damage after heavy flooding from the river Ahr caused severe destruction in the village of Schuld, Ahrweiler district,