Catastrophic flooding in western Europe has killed more than 120 people, with hundreds more missing, authorities said Friday, as large-scale rescue efforts continue amidst rising water, landslides and power outages. Shocking images of the devastation in Germany and Belgium showed entire villages underwater, with cars wedged in between collapsed buildings and debris. The Netherlands and Luxembourg have also been affected by the extreme rainfall. In Germany, at least 103 people have been killed across two western states. In the hard-hit district of Ahrweiler, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. At least 165,000 people are currently without power in Rhineland-Palatinate and the neighboring state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Germany's three western states and Wallonia state in Belgium are the worst affected by the flooding, with the Netherlands and Luxembourg also hit by extreme rain fall.
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The death toll rises as as rescue teams search for survivors. Rainfall in parts of Evia reached 80% of the annual total for the area in the space of a few hours overnight from Saturday to Sunday, Greece’s meteorological service said. A river burst through its banks and flooded part of the village of Politika, forcing many residents to climb to the rooftops of their homes. Another river in the village of Bourtzi also burst its banks. Authorities estimated that 3,000 homes had been partially or totally damaged by floodwaters, and police said many roads were impassable. Power and water were knocked out in some areas. Donate to help nonprofit.