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German Death Toll Exceeds 100 After Worst Floods in Decades

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  • Houses collapse, transport disrupted, thousands without power
  • Parts of Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg also badly affected
Debris in a street after flooding in Schuld near Bad Neuenahr, western Germany, on July 15.
Debris in a street after flooding in Schuld near Bad Neuenahr, western Germany, on July 15. Photographer: Bernd Lauter/AFP/Getty Images

The death toll from the floods that devastated parts of western Germany rose to at least 103, with scores of people injured and many others unaccounted for after houses were swept away and roads and bridges were badly damaged.

Many rail lines and streets remained blocked and tens of thousands were without electricity Friday as rescue workers toiled in the worst-hit areas in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia -- which is run by conservative chancellor candidate Armin Laschet -- and Rhineland-Palatinate.