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German president thanks helpers as flood deaths rise above 130

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The number of people who have died in the devastating flooding in western Germany rose further on Saturday, while the president thanked rescue workers who continued to search for survivors. Early on Saturday, the death toll reached 133, after police announced 90 fatalities in the Ahrweiler district in Rhineland-Palatinate, while 43 were confirmed in North Rhine Westphalia late on Friday. Rescue work continued across Europe where more than 150 people have died in the flooding after heavy rainfall hit parts of Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. In Germany, Pre…

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