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VIDEO: The most dramatic moments of the floods in Germany

Germany suffers one of its most tragic days since, until now, more than 40 people died and about 70 are missing due to the torrential rains that the nation suffers.

For 24 hours, the western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate has seen its streets transformed into rushing rivers, cars floating uncontrollably, and firefighters moving through the waves as if they were in amphibious trucks.

Other towns in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, which are located in western Germany, have been affected by the rainfall.

It was the rains more intense in 24 hours than is recorded. The rivers overflowed, washed away the houses and filled the cellars with water. According to official data, more than 200,000 people are without electricity and there are a large number of roads and highways cut off.

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