July 26, 2021

dramatic floods in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands

Posted today at 12:28

“The suffering only increases. ” These words, spoken on Friday July 16, are those of Malu Dreyer, Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate, a German Land ravaged by the floods. Floods and landslides have left more than 93 dead and hundreds missing in Germany over the past two days, a record unparalleled in the country’s recent history.

Beyond Rhineland-Palatinate, one of the worst-affected regions, many people were missing in Erftstadt, North Rhine-Westphalia, after a landslide following flooding, according to a spokeswoman for the district. . Images of the disaster area released by authorities showed a large crater into which masses of earth, brown water and debris are pouring out.

Elsewhere in Europe, Belgium – with at least 12 dead – the Netherlands – where several districts of Maastricht had to be evacuated – and Luxembourg were badly affected by the bad weather.

On a street in Spa, Belgium, July 14, 2021.
Firefighters evacuate residents of Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany), July 15, 2021.
In Erftstadt, in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), a gigantic landslide due to flooding claimed many victims and continued to spread on July 16, 2021. The authorities evacuated the population of the area.
In Hagen, Germany, July 15, 2021.
Residents of Liège, Belgium, use rubber dinghies to navigate the streets flooded by the Meuse on July 15, 2021.
The floods, cutting off roads, caused many traffic disruptions, such as here in Erftstadt, Germany on July 15.
In Valkenburg, The Netherlands, July 15, 2021.
A bakery destroyed by flooding in Schuld, Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany) on July 15.
Debris is carried by the floods in Verviers, Belgium, July 16, 2021.
A train immobilized by the flooding of the Kyll River in Kordel, Germany on July 15, 2021.
Residents are evacuated from their flooded neighborhood in the province of Limburg, the Netherlands, on July 15, 2021.
Houses in the village of Schuld, Germany, destroyed by flooding on July 15, 2021.
The devastated dining room of a restaurant in Altenahr, Germany on July 15, 2021.
A flooded campsite in Roermond, the Netherlands on July 15, 2021.
In Insul, Germany, July 15, 2021.
In Schuld, Germany, on July 15, 2021, entire streets are filled with objects and debris washed away by the weather.
Heap of vehicles carried by the flood in Verviers, Belgium, July 15, 2021.
Fire brigade vehicles immobilized in Altenahr, Germany on July 15, 2021.
Repairs at the flooded train station in Hagen-Priorei, Germany, July 15, 2021.
The cemetery is flooded in Altenahr, Germany on July 15, 2021.
In Verviers, Belgium, on July 15, some took advantage of the situation to loot stores whose windows were shattered by the floods.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands come to see the damage in Valkenburg (Fauquemont) on July 15, 2021.
Residents of Liège, Belgium, use rubber dinghies to navigate the streets flooded by the Meuse on July 15, 2021.

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