Shocking drone footage shows the damage caused by extreme flooding in Germany which has killed more than 100 people.
At least 120 people have died across the nation and Belgium amid record rainfall, which has devastated regions.
Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland have also been hit by the fatal weather, with thousands more people missing.
Officials have said that they believe the death tolls will rise as searches continue.
The weather has downed mobile phone masts across the area, meaning many are struggling to contact loved ones in the chaos.
Some 15,000 police officers, soldiers and emergency service workers have been drafted in to help with the rescue operation.
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Drone footage shot by Reuters shows streets flooded with water – and with the road washed away in places.
Houses can be seen lying in ruins, while people are visible wading through the waterlogged streets, looking at the rubble their homes have become.
And as the drone pans, the true scale of the flood’s course is visible – cutting a swathe through the land.
The death and destruction has been caused by heavy rainfall, prompting the worst flooding in decades.
And climate change experts have now said that such weather could happen again if climate change is not reversed.
Myles Allen is a professor of geosystem science at the University of Oxford and a co-author of the UN’s report on climate change.
He told Sky News : “A warmer atmosphere holds more moisture, so precisely this kind of very intense summer rainfall event is exactly the kind of extreme event that we’d expect to be becoming already more frequent under climate change.
“So yes, I think we are seeing the weather dice being loaded in favour of this kind of event. As the world becomes warmer these weather events become more likely…The sooner we stop the warming, the better.”
And Dr Michal Nachmany, chief executive of Climate Policy Radar, added: “You’d thought we’d be smart by now. You’d thought we’d wise-up.
“And this is the mildest and the most polite that climate change will be to us. It is only going to get worse.”
Entire communities lie in ruins after swollen rivers swept through towns and villages in the western German states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, Belgium as well as the Netherlands in recent days.
Germany’s loss of life has been described as the worst in years, with 12 of the dead residents of a home for disabled people south of Cologne who were surprised by the flash floods during the night.
In Rhineland-Palatinate, around 1,300 people have been reported as missing in the Ahrweiler district , the district government said on Facebook.
Further north, in Erftstadt, several houses collapsed on Friday morning, and authorities feared casualties.
Roads around the town were impassable after being washed away by the floods and rescue crews tried to reach residents by boat and had to communicate via walkie-talkie.
Authorities have said they are worried that further dams could overflow, spilling uncontrolled floods into communities below, and were trying to ease pressure by releasing more water from them.
Some 4,500 people were evacuated downstream from the Steinbachtal dam in western Germany, which had been at risk of a breach overnight, and a stretch of motorway was closed.