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Deadly floods in Western Europe

Two brothers embrace on Monday, July 19, in front of their parents’ home, which was destroyed by floods in Altenahr, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A damaged road spans after flooding in Euskirchen, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

This aerial photo shows a bridge collapsing over the Ahr River in Germany’s Ahrweiler district on Sunday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Injuries were seen Sunday in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Home damaged in Pepinster, Belgium, Saturday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A resident stands in floods in Rochefort, Belgium, on Saturday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Members of the German armed forces are on Saturday looking for flood victims in Erftstadt, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A resident of Arcen, the Netherlands, watches the rising water of the Meuse river on Saturday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Water flows over a square in front of a house in Bischofswiesen, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A man stands in front of a ruined house in Schuld, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A water level gauge shows rising water in Arcen, the Netherlands, on Saturday. Dutch officials ordered the evacuation of 10,000 people in Venlo municipality as the Meuse rose there faster than expected.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

This aerial photo shows floods in Erftstadt, Germany, on Friday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A man brushes water and mud out of his flooded house in Ensival, Belgium, on Friday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

People collect garbage in Bad Muenstereifel, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

The Steinbach dam is seen after flooding near Euskirchen, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Firefighters pass by a car damaged by floods in Schuld, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

People laid sandbags in Roermond, the Netherlands, on Friday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A woman sorts in clothes at a shelter in Liège, Belgium, on Friday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A woman walks up the stairs of her damaged house in Ensival, Belgium.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A man walks through a flooded part of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, on Thursday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A regional train is sitting in floods at the local station in Kordel, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

People use fleets to evacuate after the Meuse river broke its banks during heavy flooding in Liège, Belgium.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

People are watching a railway crossing that was destroyed by the floods in Priorei, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Men walk past damaged homes in Schuld, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A man investigates what is left of his house in Schuld.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Water from the Ahr River flows past a damaged bridge in the Schuld.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Evacuated bus driver in Valkenburg aan de Geul, the Netherlands.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A car floats in the Meuse river during heavy flooding in Liège, Belgium, on Thursday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

People walking on a damaged road in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A resident uses a bucket to remove water from a basement in Hagen, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A man and woman stand on the elevation of their home while watching floods in Geulle, the Netherlands.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Houses are damaged by floods in Insul, Germany, on Thursday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A man steps down a ladder in an attempt to cut his boat loose in the Meuse river in Liège, Belgium.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Caravans and motorhomes are partially submerged in Roermond, the Netherlands.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A destroyed building has been seen in a flooded area in Schuld, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

People go over floods in Stansstad, Switzerland.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Cars are covered in rubbish in Hagen, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A flooded area in Schuld, Germany.

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