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Sport ten days after the floods in Belgium, the controversies multiply

18:40  24 july  2021
18:40  24 july  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

floods and floods. Weather France place nine departments in vigilance orange

 floods and floods. Weather France place nine departments in vigilance orange © Eddy Lemaistre / West-France (Illustration). Seven departments of the northeastern country are vigorously vigilant this Thursday by Météo France. The Doubs and the Jura are concerned for them by rains and floods arriving on already saturated soils. Weather France Announce Thursday, July 15, 2021 A strongly rainy and unusual episode for the season and place nine departments in orange vigilance.

La ville belge de Spa, inondée par les pluies diluviennes qui ont frappé le pays entre le 14 et le 16 juillet 2021. © AP - Valentin Bianchi The Belgian city of spa, flooded by the diluvian rains that hit the country between the 14th and 16th of July, 2021.

Belgian newspapers And social networks are full of issues on the causes of the floods that have recently struck the country, but also on their management, and supply as many controversy.

With our correspondent in Brussels, Pierre Bénazet

for part of the Belgian opinion, politicians found an unstoppable excuse to discard by accusing climate change. The floods from 14 to 16 July made 36 deaths in the country, according to the last assessment, with 11 people still missing.


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'Many still in danger': At least 100 dead across Germany and Belgium after floods amid warning dam could burst

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All these victims resided in eastern Wallonia, along the valleys of the Meuse and especially the Vesdre where the inhabitants are still in full clearing of the rubble, and where some accuse the authorities to have too long to react after the first alerts.

Slow Emergency

The last controversy on the management of the Vesdre dam in Eupen. The most devastated localities like Verviers, Pépinster, or Chaudfontaine are all downstream of this dam. The administration of the hydraulic paths is accused of not emptying the dam from the first flood alerts. The Hydraulics Minister of Wallonia, Philippe Henry, says that even though it had been empty before the floods, the dam would not have been enough because the most intense precipitation occurred downstream.

How climate change fueled the devastating floods in Germany and northwest Europe

  How climate change fueled the devastating floods in Germany and northwest Europe “These are the harbingers of climate change that have now arrived in Germany.” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called the flooding “a clear indication of climate change” and “something that really, really shows the urgency to act.

The other accusation on the slowness of the reaction always concerns this valley of the Vesdre, with a red alert to the floods transmitted on July 14 at 6am at the center of crisis and which led to first evacuations as six to Seven hours later. On this point, no explanation, and the controversy could swell.

There is finally the reorganization of civil protection services in 2017 under the previous federal government. This reorganization has mainly closed barracks and reduces the staff of emergency services according to the accusations made on the first day of the flood by the President of Wallonia.

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floods in Belgium. The balance sheet is 41 dead .
© Stephanie Lecocq / EPA / Maxppp police seek in the rubble in the municipality of Pepinster, devastated by the floods mid-July. According to a review revised upwards, 41 people perished in Belgium in floods that affected part of Europe in mid-July. The historic floods that hit the Belgium made 41 deaths, according to one last review revised upward, said Tuesday the head of the Government of Wallonia, a French-speaking region of the South which underwent the essentials of the catastrophe .

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