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Death toll in rises to 157 in Germany and Belgium floods

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By Petra Wischgoll and David Sahl ERFTSTADT, Germany/WASSENBERG, Germany (Reuters) -Rescue workers searched flood-ravaged parts of Germany and Belgium for survivors on Saturday after burst rivers and flash floods this week collapsed houses and claimed at least 157 lives. “We mourn with those that have lost friends, acquaintances, family members,” German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said during a visit to Erftstadt in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where the disaster killed at least 43 people “Their fate is ripping our hearts apart.” Some 133 people have died in the flooding in weste…

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