Deadly flooding inundates parts of France, Germany and Belgium
French President François Hollande says a natural disaster will be formally declared next week
Floods have ravaged parts of France, Germany and Belgium, killing at least six people and trapping thousands in homes and cars, as rivers have broken their banks from Paris to Bavaria.
French residents forced to leave
For the second day, emergency workers forced residents out of the town of Nemours, about 80 kilometres south of Paris, the hardest-hit site in France.
Waters rise to levels not seen since 1910
In France, authorities say areas along the Loing River, a tributary of the Seine, had seen waters rise to levels unseen since 1910, when a massive flood swamped the French capital.
More rain in the forecast ...
And it isn't over — more rain is forecast for the coming days in some regions, and authorities in the French capital predict the Seine River won't reach its peak until Friday.
... But life goes on
This man brought French baguettes to his mother's flooded house on Wednesday while the couple below exchanged a kiss above high waters along the Seine River in Paris.
Angela Merkel promises relief for flooded areas
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, meanwhile, told reporters in Berlin on Thursday that she "mourns for those for whom the help has come too late, who lost their lives."
She says disaster relief is now on hand to help control the floods and rebuild damaged areas.
Body of 5th victim found in Germany
German police say they've found the body of a fifth victim in the town of Simbach am Inn. No further details were given. The bodies of three other people were found in the same town on Wednesday evening.
In nearby Julbach, the body of a woman was also found in a stream on Wednesday.
Southern Germany hit hard
In Germany, the flooding has been worst in the south along the Austrian border. This aerial view shows the flooded streets and extensive damage in the southern German town of Simbach am Inn on Thursday.
With files from The Associated Press