The death toll from floods that hit western Germany this month has reached 180, with about 150 missing, authorities said. Germany's meteorological services have called for vigilance as more rain is forecast.
In the Rhineland-Palatinate region, which is most affected by the downpours, police said 132 people were killed and 766 were injured.
Although 149 people in the region are still missing, “we do not expect the final death toll to increase by that much,” said Roger Levenz, the land's interior minister, adding that the list includes people on vacation.
The police are searching with helicopters and about 30 sniffer dogs.
"I can't say if we can find all the victims," Leventz said.
In the neighboring region of North Rhine-Westphalia, 47 people were killed. Cologne police said they were looking for two people who were missing or could not be contacted.
One person also died in Bavaria and 36 people died in Belgium, bringing the total death toll in Europe to 216.