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Death Toll Over 110, Dozens Missing After Devastating Floods In Europe

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Rescuers were rushing Friday to help people trapped in their homes in the town of Erftstadt, southwest of Cologne. Regional authorities said several people had died after their houses collapsed due to subsidence, and aerial pictures showed what appeared to be a massive sinkhole.“We managed to get 50 people out of their houses last night,” said Frank Rock, the head of the county administration. “We know of 15 people who still need to be rescued.” Speaking to German broadcaster n-tv, Rock said that authorities had no precise number yet for how many had died. “One has to assume that under the circumstances some people didn’t manage to escape,” he said. Authorities said late Thursday that about 1,300 people in Germany were still listed missing, but cautioned that the high figure could be due to duplication of data and difficulties reaching people because of disrupted roads and phone connections.

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