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Floods have hit parts of Europe over the past week, killing at least 150 people and buildings collapsing.
Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands are among the countries which have faced heavy flooding in recent days.

Relentless rains and storms have overflowed rivers and reservoirs, inundating homes and destroying buildings. Flash floods swept through areas after the ground no longer absorbed water.

Follow the German-Belgian floods live: the death toll exceeds 150

In Germany, two western states – North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate – were hit hard by the floods.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, the country’s most populous state, the Euskirchen region south of Bonn has killed at least 15 people from flooding.

Cologne, Kamen and Wuppertal – all towns or villages in the state – were also affected.

In Erftstadt, a town southwest of Cologne, people found themselves trapped on Friday when the ground gave way and their homes collapsed.

Further south, in the village of Schuld in Rhineland-Palatinate, dozens of people were reported missing this week after houses collapsed.

Streets of Swisttal, in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, after heavy rains that caused extensive flooding

(PA)

Across the Belgian border, the city of Liège and its surroundings – including Pepinster and Verviers – have been hit hard.

The Meuse blew up its shores in Liège, which is in the east of the country, earlier this week, leaving some locals to take boats.

Members of the public stand next to damaged boat after flooding in Liège

(BELGA/AFP via Getty Images)

In the Netherlands, the southern province of Limburg has been affected by recent flooding. Damage was seen in places such as the town of Valkenburg and footage showed residents wading through the water in the town of Roermond.

France has also seen flood damage, with heavy rains overwhelming vegetable fields, many houses and a World War I museum in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon in the northeast of the country.

Areas near the Luxembourg border have faced travel disruption and evacuations due to the flooding, according to French television channel France Bleu.

In Switzerland, heavy rains caused several rivers and lakes to overflow, as the authorities of the city of Lucerne closed several pedestrian bridges over the Reuss.

Meanwhile, in England, thunderstorms caused flash floods in London and the south-east of England.

Thunderstorms have caused flash floods in London and the south-east this week, including several tube stations.

In the capital, water covered train lines and disrupted services, homes were flooded and cars submerged amid heavy rains.

After the floods in England, Professor Ralf Toumi of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College London said The independent: “Under climate change, heavier or more intense rains are expected because the atmosphere will retain more humidity.

He added: “The risk of flash floods will also increase if the weather system does not recede. “

Additional reports by agencies

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