The death toll from devastating floods across parts of western Europe soared to at least 108 on Friday — most in western Germany, where emergency responders were frantically searching for about 1,300 people, officials said.
Authorities said efforts to contact the missing people could be hampered by disrupted roads and phone connections.
An ambulance of the German forces drives through the Blessem district of Erftstadt, Germany.AP
In the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, 50 people died, including at least nine residents of an assisted-living facility for the disabled, while in neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia state, 30 people lost their lives, authorities said.
The death toll in Belgium, meanwhile, jumped to 15 with five people still missing and more than 21,000 people left without power in one region, Agence France-Presse reported.
A police car stands in the city center of Kircheim, Germany.AP
Luxembourg and the Netherlands also were battered by heavy rains, inundating many areas and forcing thousands to be evacuated in