EFEBerlin/Brussels

Devastating floods following days of heavy rainfall as a storm passed through western Germany, Belgium and other parts of northwest Europe last week have killed at least 180 people, as officials warned Sunday that the death toll could still increase.

On Sunday morning, authorities in western Germany said that the number of fatalities had risen to 156.

Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the most affected areas in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate on Sunday. EFE