At least six people have died as a result of flooding caused by torrential rains in Belgium. This was reported on Thursday, July 15, RTBF television channel.
The bodies of all the dead were found in the province of Liège. In addition, several people are missing, including a 15-year-old boy.
The mayor of Liège Christine Defreni appealed to residents of houses located on the embankment of the river Meuse, as well as all guests of the city to leave its territory due to the ongoing increase of water levels in the river and the threat of spillage, reports LeSoir.
In Belgium in the last 24 hours it has fallen more than a month’s normal rainfall. Water flows have destroyed about ten houses and hundreds of people have been evacuated. In Wallonia, some rivers overflowed the banks, the water level in some districts exceeded the norm by 1 meter. It is possible that the death toll may rise as the search and rescue work progresses.
The military were also involved in flood mitigation. According to meteorologists, the rains should subside on Friday.
Heavy rains have also caused flooding in Germany. North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate suffered most of all. There the consequences of the flooding have already resulted in the death of more than 40 people, dozens are considered missing.
The police of the German city of Cologne reported about 20 people died as a result of the disaster in the region. Thus, the bodies of two were found in Cologne, 15 in Oiskirchen and three more in Rheinbach, the newspaper LKZ reported.