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As the water recedes, death toll from Europe floods reaches 150

According to police, more than 90 people have been confirmed dead in Ahrweiler, a region in western Germany that was one of the most affected. More casualties are possible. Authorities gave Friday's death toll for Rhineland-Palatinate, the state where Ahrweiler is, at 63.

In neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, 43 more people were also confirmed dead. The death toll in Belgium, according to RTBF (Belgian broadcaster), rose to 27 on Saturday.

Although the waters had receded in most of the affected areas by Saturday, officials were concerned that additional bodies could be discovered in vehicles and trucks that were washed away.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German President, planned to travel to Erftstadt (southwest of Cologne) on Saturday. There, a horrifying rescue operation took place Friday, when people were trapped after the ground gave way, and their homes fell. Officials were concerned that some people wouldn't be able to escape but no casualties had been reported by Saturday morning.

Many areas still had no electricity or telephone service.

Heavy flooding has also affected parts of southern Netherlands, in addition to the worst-hit Germany/Belgium. Heavy rains in Switzerland have caused many rivers and lakes in Switzerland to burst, leading authorities in Lucerne to close several pedestrian bridges across the Reuss river.

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