TERRIFYING drone footage shows the true carnage left behind after a devastating “flood of death” hit Germany.
More than 100 people have died in Germany and up to 1,300 are missing after one of the worst floods in its history unleashed raging waters and prompted landslides.
Drone footage shot by Reuters shows streets with water still streaming through, with the road in some places having been washed away by the flooding.
As the drone pans further down the street, the extent of damage caused by the landslides becomes apparent.
Houses have disintegrated into rubble, while pipes lay in piles alongside fences and displaced bricks.
As the drone pans back towards the town, people can be seen wading through the waterlogged streets, surveying the mess their homes have become.
Emergency workers are in a race against time as they try to rescue hundreds of people in danger or still unaccounted for amid mounting concerns of a fresh disaster as more freak rain storms are forecast.
German media has dubbed the national disaster a "flood of death" with at least 103 dead so far across the states of North-Rhine Westphalia and Rhineland Palatinate.
Now there were fears the unfolding disaster could get even worse.
Flooding has caused major damage to properties and forced authorities to close off large portions of motorways leading in and around the inundated areas.
Germany's DWD meteorologists are predicting further "extreme storms" in the western and central parts of Germany, with peak rainfall possibly reaching 200 litres per square metre.
This has threatened to raise the mighty Rhine river to dangerous levels.
And people living below the Steinbach reservoir, south of Cologne, have been told to flee amid warnings the dam could burst.
One dam close to the Belgium border, the Rurtalsperre, is at risk while another, the Steinbachtalsperre, is on the brink of collapse.
Already, entire communities lay in ruins after swollen rivers swept through towns and villages.
About 1,300 people were missing in the Ahrweiler district south of Cologne, the district government said.
Mobile phone networks have collapsed in some of the flood-stricken regions, which means that family and friends were unable to track down their loved ones.
Police have asked people to share footage and pictures of the floods to help them locate the missing as hundreds of soldiers were deployed to aid authorities.
Regional interior minister Roger Lewentz told broadcaster SWR: "When you haven’t heard for people for such a long time … you have to fear the worst.”
"The number of victims will likely keep rising in the coming days."
Chancellor Merkel dubbed the dire weather "a catastrophe" ahead of a meeting in Washington with US President Joe Biden.
She told a press conference: "Heavy rainfall and floods are very inadequate words to describe this — it is therefore really a catastrophe.
"I fear that we will only see the full extent of the disaster in the coming days."
The unprecedented weather has created a perilous situation elsewhere in Western Europe, seeing thousands forced to evacuate as homes collapse and cars are swept away by floodwaters.
'MORE EXTREME STORMS ON WAY'
At least 15 people died in neighbouring Belgium, with thousands of homes evacuated in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland as raging rivers burst their banks.
France, Italy, and Australia have sent a flood rescue team to help overwhelmed Belgian authorities, as the government of the country's Wallonia region granted €2.5 billion in emergency aid.
Residents who live near the banks of the Meuse and Sambre rivers in Namur, Belgium and those in the city of Liege have been urged to evacuate as waters continue to rise.
German police have said up to 70 people are missing in the Schuld municipality after homes sat along a river collapsed.
In Cologne, a 72-year-old woman and a 54-year-old man died when their basements flooded while another drowned in his cellar in Solingen.
Two German firefighters also died during rescue operations in the North Rhine Westphalia towns of Altena and Werdohl, with one drowning and another dying of a heart attack, the Telegraph reports.
In Leverkusen, 468 people were evacuated from a hospital after floods cut off power, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Expressing her dismay on Twitter, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "I am shocked by the disaster that has affected so many people.
"My condolences go out to the relatives of the dead and missing. I thank the many tireless helpers and emergency services from the bottom of my heart."
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