Rescue missions for hundreds of people continued Friday, after the death toll caused by flooding in Germany and Belgium increased to 126 Friday morning.
The video above shows new video from Thursday and Friday of the damage in parts of Germany and Belgium.
In Germany, the deaths are concentrated to two states: Rhineland-Palatine and North Rhine-Westphalia. As of Friday morning, 63 people have been reported dead in Rhineland-Palatine. North Rhine-Westphalia officials have reported 43 deaths.
Despite being hit by the worst of flooding, as of Friday, Belgium had only reported 20 deaths, with another 20 people missing. Italy sent civil protection officials, firefighters and rescue dinghies to Belgium to help in the search for those missing people.
The deaths, damage, and reports of people missing have “stunned” German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, according to a statement he released. He pledged support to the families of those killed, as well as cities and towns facing damage.
“In the hour of need, our country stands together,” Steinmeier said in a statement. “It’s important that we show solidarity for those from whom the flood has taken everything.”
Authorities continued trying to account for hundreds of people listed as missing Friday. However, officials said the high number of missing could be because of duplicated reports, as well as difficulties reaching people due to disrupted roads and phone service.
Thousands of people became homeless after their houses were destroyed or deemed at-risk by authorities.
In Belgium, Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden said water levels on the Meuse River remain critical, with several dikes at risk of collapsing. The river runs from Belgium into the Netherlands.
Authorities in the southern Dutch town of Venlo evacuated 200 hospital patients to prepare for flooding. In the province of Limburg, which Venlo is a part of, troops piled sandbags to strengthen a nearly mile-long stretch of dike along the Maas River. Police helped evacuate low-lying neighborhoods.
Meanwhile, sustained rainfall in Switzerland has caused several rivers and lakes to burst their banks. According to a public broadcaster in the country, flash floods swept away cars, flooded basements and destroyed small bridges in the northern villages of Schleitheim und Beggingen late Thursday.