German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, was blaming the floods affecting many countries in Europe on climate change and said it is responsible for the over 103 people who have lost their lives across western Germany.
He stated on Friday after the authorities in the western part of the country announced that the death toll has risen to over 103, with more than 1,300 people reportedly missing.
“Only if we take up the fight against climate change decisively, will we be able to prevent, will we be able to keep extreme weather conditions such as those we are experiencing,” he said in a statement published on Aljazeera.com.
Additional 900 troops have been deployed in the affected areas to rescue those who could still be alive and retrieve the bodies of those killed by the floods.
In some parts of the North, Rhine-Westphalia roads have been destroyed, and communications networks have been disrupted, and rescue workers are yet to access some neighborhoods.
German chancellor Angela Merkel, who is on a trip to meet the US president, Joe Biden, has reacted to the incident and described it as disturbing.
She sent a message of condolence to the families of those who lost their lives and said the government would stay committed to providing the necessary assistance.
Germany is not the only affected country in Europe, as people were killed in Belgium on Thursday while Luxembourg, France, Netherlands, and Switzerland have also been affected.
The death toll in Belgium has risen to 14 while more than a dozen people are still missing.
On Thursday, the chief of the Rhineland-palatinate state Malu Dreyer told BBC that 45 dead bodies had been retrieved while hundreds are still missing in other parts of the region.
“There are dead, missing, and many people still in danger. All of our emergency services are in action round the clock and risking their lives, ” she told BBC.