The death toll from catastrophic floods in western Germany and Belgium has risen to more than 125, local authorities have said, as emergency services continued their search for hundreds still missing. The German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said he was “stunned” by the devastation caused by the flooding and pledged support to the families of those killed and to cities and towns facing significant damage.
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A low-pressure vortex circling over Europe and hemmed in by other weather fronts has triggered the catastrophic flooding in Germany and neighbouring countries. Meteorologists believe the intense weather system may have also caused the flash floods in London as well as heavy rainfall in surrounding areas. Looming above Germany is a highly charged band of air which has caused record rainfall in western parts of the country. Weather experts said that rain in the region over the course of 48 hours had been unprecedented, as a near-stationary low-pressure weather system – know as “Bernd” – also caused sustained local downpours to the west in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
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Parts of Arizona have been hit with devastating flooding, with the city of Flagstaff declaring a state of emergency after being inundated with torrents of water that turned streets into murky, fast-running streams.
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