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    Europe floods: Death toll over 120 as rescues continue

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    BERLIN (AP) — More than 120 people have died in devastating floods across parts of western Germany and Belgium, officials said Friday, as search and rescue operations continued for hundreds more still unaccounted for or in danger.

    Authorities in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate said 60 people had died there, including 12 residents of an assisted living facility for people with disabilities in the town of Sinzig who were surprised by a sudden rush of water from the nearby river Ahr. In neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia state officials put the death toll at 43, but warned that the figure could increase.
    Authorities said late Thursday that about 1,300 people in Germany were listed as missing, but they cautioned that the high number could be due to duplicated reports and difficulties reaching people because of disrupted roads and phone service.

    After Germany, where more than 100 people have died, Belgium was the hardest hit by the floods that caused homes to be ripped away and roads to be turned into wild rivers. Belgian Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden told VRT network Friday that the country’s official confirmed death toll has grown to 18. The number of missing is estimated at 19.

    Water levels on the Meuse river that runs from Belgium into the Netherlands remains critical, and several dikes are at risk of collapsing, Verlinden said. Authorities in the southern Dutch town of Venlo evacuated some 200 hospital patients due to the looming threat of flooding from the river.
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    Guardian News

    Jul 16, 2021

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    Dike Burst Threatens to Flood Dutch Towns After Heavy Rains
    Jul 16, 2021

    Emergency officials in the Netherlands on Friday urged residents of homes close to a canal in the southern province of Limburg to evacuate swiftly after a dyke burst. The South Limburg emergency services said a large hole had opened in the dyke alongside the Juliana Canal, which runs near the swollen Maas river. Residents in Meerssen had been told to move to the upper floors of their homes but as the hole in the dyke got larger, authorities told them to leave the area as soon as possible. As emergency workers and the army moved in, panicked locals were seen trying to reach their homes in the danger zone to rescue precious belongings. Others worried about the safety of loved ones still stranded in the area. Authorities warned that at least four small settlements close to the canal could soon be underwater.

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