At least 42 dead in Germany as heavy rains bring catastrophic flooding

At least 42 people have passed away and dozens more are missing in Germany after much of western Europe was submerged by record rainfall that brought devastating floods.

“Climate change has arrived in Germany,” the environment minister said, as the country reeled from the sight of destroyed buildings, upended cars and people stranded on rooftops.

German chancellor Angela Merkel expressed shock at the scope of the flooding. “I grieve for those who have lost their lives in this disaster,” Merkel said during a visit to Washington. “We still don’t know the number. But it will be many.”

Everything would be done to find those still missing, she pledged, adding that “‘heavy rain and flooding’ doesn’t capture what happened”.

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