Dozens dead, more than 1,000 may be missing after floods in Germany

At least 50 people are dead and more than 1,000 others are unaccounted for after floods in Germany caused rivers to burst their banks, swept away cars and caused homes to collapse Thursday, authorities said.

The government in the district of Ahrweiler, which is in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate, said as many as 1,300 people are assumed to be missing.

Officials said at least 30 people died in North Rhine-Westphalia state and that 28 died in neighboring Rhineland-Palatinate to the south, The Associated Press reported.

Storms also caused deadly flooding in neighboring Belgium, with at least 12 deaths reported as of Friday morning, while Luxembourg and the Netherlands were also hit with heavy rain.

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