183 people became victims of large-scale floods in West Germany, Belgium

Source : 112 Ukraine

In Germany, a natural disaster claimed the lives of 143 people, in Belgium - 27, and hundreds of people are still missing, many are out of touch
17:22, 18 July 2021

Floods in Germany

Rescue workers and volunteers are digging through sludge in parts of western Europe, where the number of people who died in flash floods is now over 180б and the rushing waters reach Austria. This is reported by Sky News.

Floodwaters are receding in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, where many have been left with wrecked homes, hundreds have been evacuated and officials continue to fret over the state of a major dam.

The number of dead now sits at 183, although there are fears this number could still rise higher as more bodies are expected to be found as the waters lower and reveal the extent of the devastation.

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The spotlight in many areas has shifted to handing out cash donations for people to buy urgently needed goods, provide accommodation and compensation for those left homeless, and to continue hunting for survivors.

Days of torrential rain left rivers overflowing, leading to water surging through streets - lifting up cars, tearing up power lines, and collapsing homes.

"A lot of people have lost everything they spent their lives building up - their possessions, their home, the roof over their heads," German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Saturday. It may only be possible to clear up in weeks how much damage needs to be compensated. Many people here in these regions have nothing left but their hope, and we must not disappoint this hope."

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