At least 135 people have died and dozens remain missing due to floods in western Germany, officials confirmed Saturday. More than 90 people lost their lives in the hard-hit Ahrweiler district of the Rhineland-Palatinate state, the Koblenz Police Department said in a statement. It also reported 618 injuries due to floods.
In neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia, officials have confirmed 43 deaths.
The death toll was expected to rise as several villages in the western regions remained flooded after the historic deluge.
Rescue teams continued to search for and evacuate people to safer locations in the worst-hit areas.
With more bodies recovered from the debris in remote areas, the death toll has climbed to 135, public broadcaster ARD reported.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to visit the flood-hit region of Rhineland-Palatinate on Sunday, according to local media reports.
Germany's worst floods in more than 200 years triggered by midweek heavy rains caused widespread devastation in various towns and villages in the western regions bordering Belgium and France.