In pictures: Floods kill dozens in Germany and Belgium

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image captionFlood damage in Schuld, Germany

Devastating floods have hit parts of western Europe after record rainfall caused swollen rivers to burst their banks.

At least 100 people have died in Germany and 22 deaths have been reported in Belgium.

Forecasts suggest more heavy rain is due in much of the region on Friday.

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image captionThe Rhine river flooded the German city of Cologne on Thursday
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image captionCars were overturned in the streets of the Belgian city of Verviers

Some of the most dramatic images came from the German village of Schuld, in the Ahrweiler district of Rhineland-Palatinate, where a state of emergency has been declared.

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Some 200,000 homes were also left without power.

Thousands of relief workers and soldiers are helping police with search and rescue efforts.

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image captionRoads have been destroyed by the floods in Schuld
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image captionVehicles have been crushed and swept away by the flood water in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler

Heavy rains were also seen in Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, where dozens of people were evacuated from their homes.

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image captionThe Belgian city of Liège has also been hit by heavy flooding with the mayor telling people to leave if they can
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image captionThe fire brigade helped to evacuate people in South Limburg, the Netherlands
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image captionA mobile flood barrier has been installed in Lucern, Switzerland

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