German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her concern over the rising number of deaths due to “catastrophic floods” in western Germany and Belgium.
“I fear that we will only see the full extent of the disaster in the coming days,” Merkel said, calling it a day characterized by “fear, despair, and suffering.”
Local authorities reported that over 100 people were dead in Germany while 1,500 people were still missing.
In Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, authorities reported 50 deaths, including at least nine residents at an assisted living facility for individuals with impairments, while North Rhine-Westphalia reported 43 deaths.
According to a spokesman in Berlin, the Ministry of Defense triggers military disaster alerts amid the deadly flash floods in parts of Germany.
Merkel also grieved for the people who have died due to the disaster.
“I grieve for those who have lost their lives in this disaster,” she said.
“My empathy and my heart goes out to all of those who in this catastrophe who lost their loved ones or who were still worrying about the fate of people still missing,” she added.