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Major landslide after flooding in Erftstadt-Blessem, Germany, July 16, 2021 | Photo: Publicity / RHEIN-ERFT-KREIS / EFE Agency / Gazeta do Povo

The death toll in the floods that occurred in western Germany and Belgium this week has already passed 120, due to heavy rains in the region. German authorities have said hundreds of people are missing in communities completely destroyed by the waters of the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate.

“It was terrible not being able to help people,” Frank Thel, a resident of Schuld, Rhineland-Palatinate, told Reuters in front of a pile of rubble. “They waved to us from the windows. The houses collapsed to their left and to their right and in the house between them, they waved,” he said.

Discover a photo gallery of the destruction caused by heavy rains in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Major landslide after flooding in Erftstadt-Blessem, Germany, July 16, 2021 | Photo: Press release / RHEIN-ERFT-KREIS / Agência EFE / Gazeta do Povo | Press Release / RHEIN-ERFT-KREIS / Agence EFE / People’s Gazette Heavy rains cause flooding in Erftstadt-Blessem, Germany July 16, 2021 | Photo: Publicity / RHEIN-ERFT-KREIS / Agence EFE / Gazeta do PovoChapel and a destroyed cemetery after a flood in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Rhineland-Platinate, Germany, July 16, 2021. Photo: FRIEDEMANN VOGEL / Agence EFE / People’s Gazette Damaged bridge in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, July 16, 2021 | Photo: FRIEDEMANN VOGEL / Agence EFE / People’s Gazette A damaged car was taken to a cemetery in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, July 16, 2021 | Photo: FRIEDEMANN VOGEL / Agência EFE / Gazeta do Povo
Man carrying a shovel on his shoulder walks through wreckage near damaged cars after flooding in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany July 16, 2021 | Photo: FRIEDEMANN VOGEL / Agence EFE / People’s Gazette Members of the Hessian State Police walk a street through rubble after flooding in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, July 16, 2021 | Photo: FRIEDEMANN VOGEL / Agence EFE / Gazeta do Povo Houses and cars collapsed in Erftstadt Blessem, Germany July 16, 2021 | Photo: SASCHA STEINBACH / AgênciaEFE / People’s Gazette Serious damage to the village of Schuld in the district of Ahrweiler as a result of the flooding of the Ahr river in Schuld, Germany, July 16, 2021 | Photo: SASCHA STEINBACH / AgênciaEFE / Gazeta do Povo Destruction after heavy rains caused flooding in Trooz, Belgium July 16, 2021 | Photo: JULIEN WARNAND / AgênciaEFE / Gazeta do Povo Residents inspect destruction after heavy rains in Verviers, Belgium, July 15, 2021 | Photo: STEPHANIE LECOCQ / Agence EFE / People’s Gazette Flood in the Limburg village of Aasterberg, The Netherlands, July 16, 2021 | Photo: SEM VAN DER WAL / EFE Agency / People’s Gazette Damaged cars on a collapsed bridge over the Geul river in Valkenburg, the Netherlands, July 16, 2021 | Photo: SEM VAN DER WAL / Agência EFE / Gazeta do Povo