Drafting-Germany had not experienced a flood of this size in the last hundred years, as caused by the Bernd storm, which entered from the Mediterranean, after passing through the south of France.
In just 24 hours, they recorded twice the rainfall it receives on average throughout the month of July, according to data published by the German Meteorological Agency.
At least 165 people died in Europe, the dead were 24 from Belgium and 141 in Germany, which also registers hundreds of injuries, in the western states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia.
The number of victims continues to rise as rescue teams enter the most destroyed areas and find the bodies of trapped people. The rains also caused material damage in Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Inhabitants who fled their homes threatened by water are returning to their homes and many find a bleak scene: semi-destroyed houses, uprooted trees, vehicles washed away, sunken roads and bridges, or power outages.