Belgium goes under water again

Belgium goes under water again
Belgium goes under water again

In the south of Belgium, a new flood has begun, caused by downpours. To date, several settlements have already been flooded, including the capital of the Wallonia region, the city of Namur. The city of Dinan and a number of quarters of Namur suffered the most from the next blow of the elements. Information about the victims and the injured has not yet been reported.

According to the burgomaster Dinan Axel Tikson, after thunderstorms that lasted all day, a mud stream fell on the city from the mountains, demolishing several dozen cars, road signs, fences and green spaces, TASS reports. As a result of a sharp rise in the water level in the Meuse River, several city blocks are flooded. "So far, we are talking only about material damage, there are no victims in the city," the burgomaster stressed.

The situation is similar in a number of other settlements in the Ardennes region - in this mountainous region, numerous streams and rivers began to overflow the banks, turning into mud streams. The situation is complicated by the fact that as a result of the strongest flooding in the last 100 years that hit Belgium on July 14-16 this year, the beds of many rivers remain heavily clogged, and in some places are completely dammed due to fallen trees. In the cities hit by the first floods, storm sewers are still severely damaged and clogged, which currently cannot cope with even a small excess of water.

According to forecasts of meteorologists, the rains will not stop on Sunday, so the situation in the flood zone may worsen. At the same time, it is expected that the intensity of rainfall will be lower than last week, when in the southern part of the country there was a 1.5-month rainfall in two days.

According to the latest data, as a result of the July 14-16 flood in Belgium, 32 people were killed, all of them were identified. About 60 people were injured and injured. The damage from the disaster has not yet been calculated, but according to preliminary estimates by the Wallonian authorities, it amounts to billions of euros. Tens of thousands of houses were destroyed and damaged, dozens of settlements were deprived of gas, electricity and water supply. As a result of the flood, more than 50 thousand cars are completely rendered unusable.

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