The Speaker
Monday, 24 June 2024 – 08:47

Belgium and Germany hit by devastating floods

Major floods have hit parts of Germany and Belgium, leaving at least 100 dead and 1,300 missing.

The floods came after days of torrential rain in the Rhineland region of Germany, with videos showing rivers bursting their banks and flowing through communities. In some of the worst-hit areas, cars and people’s homes were swept away in a torrent of rain.

It has been reported that at least 103 have been killed in Germany, whilst at least a dozen have lost their lives in Belgium.

Officials have warned that both Belgium and Germany are still in danger, with around 900 troops being deployed in Germany to help with rescue efforts.

People have been told to avoid travelling and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that many more deaths are likely, with further rain expected in the coming days.

Many of the homes destroyed were old brick and timber buildings in rural regions, likely heightening the devastation.

Several dams have been damaged, with many fearing that they could break, causing yet more devastation throughout the region.

Despite the current loss of life, the extent of the devastation is still unclear, with many remote regions of the countries cut off by the flood water; landslides have also made many roads and rail routes impassable.

Mobile phone networks and internet connections are also down, along with around 134,000 houses without power across Belgium and Germany.

Angela Merkel, who is currently on a visit to Washington DC, said:

“I grieve for those who have lost their lives in this disaster”

“We still don’t know the number, but it will be many. The full extent of this tragedy will only be seen in the coming days.”

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