September 24, 2021

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Water layers on the streets – VG

Large amount of water: Saturday night from the city of Dinand in Belgium. Photo: Richard Fornox

A large part of the city of Dinand in Belgium has been inundated, with heavy rains on Saturday flooding the streets.

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This is what the Belgian newspaper reports Standard.

The country is also affected by heavy thunderstorms, and the province of Namur is particularly vulnerable.

Photos on social media from Dinanth Nagar show cars floating in the water at a depth of about 1.5 meters. According to local media, at least 25 cars must have been hit.

– I have never experienced anything like this. Richard Fornox, the city’s former mayor, says he has lived in La Muse (a river that flows through the city) for 56 years.

VG sent him an SMS. He says the worst damage was in the vicinity of where he lived, and especially the buildings near the railway and a nearby station.

– This is very sad. But fortunately there are no injuries at this time, says Fornox.

– How are the injuries now?

– We will first look at the extent of damage in the morning light. I have been asked to open now a place for the local community to gather, says Fornox.

A little further north in the country, near the town of Nammur, the storm caused a lot of damage and flooding. Many are said to have been evicted from their homes. There must have been several small landslides in the area.

Videos coming in on social media from the Netherlands also show heavy rain.

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The new rains are creating unrest in West Germany, with at least 179 people dead just days after the storms led to flooding, the NDP writes.

According to Begona Herman, head of emergency services in the area, weather reports indicate heavy rains and thunderstorms in some areas, with up to 30 to 40 liters of rain per square meter.

Residents have been evacuated in several areas already severely affected by the floods.

– People have to decide for themselves, says Herman, not expecting the announced downpour to be as small as it was earlier this month.

At the same time, he points out that the sewer and drainage systems are not yet in order, which means they may not be able to handle the new rain better.

At least 200 people have died in severe weather that has recently devastated Central Europe.

In southwestern Germany, houses have collapsed, cars have been washed down the streets, and hospitals are struggling to cope with the influx of dead and injured.

Climate scientists warn that we are climate changeMore rain and sleet in the future. Research shows that there is already a strong increase in intense rainfall in areas with higher rainfall than before.

One week after the floods, 128 people were killed in Germany’s Ahwieler district. Several hundred were injured and 155 were still missing TV Channels Südwestrundfunk.

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