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Unprecedented rainfall has caused flash floods in Western Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.

In The Netherlands, the water has reached its highest level since 1911, while more than 163 people have died in Germany.

CNN reports that hundreds of people remain missing and authorities fear that many more bodies will be found. In Germany, more than 700 people are still unaccounted for.

At this stage, there are fears that dam walls might burst as they can't contain the massive amount of water that came in via the rivers.

In Belgium, rescue efforts had to be halted for a while as a massive gas leak caused an evacuation. Rescue efforts by authorities and volunteers have since continued, with many businesses trying to salvage what they can.

Local people in affected areas believe that the respective governments could have warned them about the incoming rainfall and that they could have prepared for it.

Civil defence crews from Austria, Italy and France have been deployed to Belgium to assist.

Watch the CNN video below for more on the floods in Western Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands where 195 people have died so far.

Image credit: Sky News

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