At least 48 people have died in severe flooding in Germany and Belgium. Dozens more are missing.
In western Germany, in the states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westfalia, at least 42 have died. Another six people have died in the Belgian city of Verviers.
German chancellor Angela Merkel offered a statement, including, “To the many tireless helpers and emergency workers, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
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