World Belgium holds day of mourning after deadly European floods
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.
Sirens are set to wail before streets fall silent on Tuesday in Belgium as the country holds a day of mourning for the victims of the devastating floods that left nearly 200 dead in western Europe.
Heavy rains last week sent torrents of floodwaters sweeping through towns and villages, mostly in Germany and Belgium in the worst deluge in living memory.
At least 31 were killed in Belgium alone, with dozens still missing or unaccountable, while in Germany 165 were killed and rescuers are still scouring the rubble for victims.
'Many still in danger': At least 100 dead across Germany and Belgium after floods amid warning dam could burst
At least 100 people have been killed and dozens are missing after catastrophic flooding across Germany and Belgium, which has left several villages cut off and sparked fears that a dam could burst. Officials have warned communities in both countries "are still in danger" following Thursday's catastrophe, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel expecting "many" more deaths amid further rainstorm warnings for Friday.The total number killed in Germany alone has risen to at least 103, according to Reuters news agency, citing officials, with communities across the North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate states affected.
The number of missing in Belgium has fallen over the past two days as telephone contact is re-established and more people are traced.
The clean-up is still under way to help the regions hit hardest recover from the scenes of destruction that saw dozens of homes collapsed and cars piled on top of each other.
Waters have subsided since Friday but workers and volunteers face a mammoth task to clear away the detritus and help local residents rebuild their shattered lives.
Belgium's King Philippe and Prime Minister Alexander De Croo are set to visit the ravaged city of Verviers for an official ceremony of homage before emergency workers sound their sirens and a nationwide minute of silence is held at midday.
Buses, trams and metro trains will come to a halt in Brussels and the country's athletes preparing for the Olympics in Japan will mark the moment.
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 Belgian tricolour was already being flown at half-mast on official buildings, as was the star-spangled flag of the European Union around the bloc's headquarters in the capital.
The day of mourning comes ahead of Belgium's national holiday on Wednesday -- but events for that are set to be sombre as the country still reels from the flooding.
In neighbouring Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel was due to meet victims of the deluge still struggling to come to terms with the losses.
The number of people missing remains unclear, mainly because of disrupted communication networks.
As the scale of the flood disaster became clearer, questions mounted in Germany about whether enough was done to warn residents ahead of time.
The German government on Monday pledged to improve the country's under-fire warning systems as a spokeswoman admitted that the tragedy had shown authorities "need to do more and better".
Although meteorological services had forecast torrential rain and flash floods, many residents said they were caught off-guard by rapidly rising waters.
The disaster has catapulted climate change to the top of the agenda in Germany, ahead of September's polls that will mark the end of Merkel's 16 years in power.
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 .