IN IMAGES, IN PICTURES. Floods in Belgium: violent thunderstorms cause a lot of damage


Ten days after floods that claimed 36 lives, theBelgium has once again suffered from severe flooding. During the night of Saturday July 24 to Sunday July 25, torrential rains caused significant damage in the province of Namur, in the south of the country. No victim was to be deplored, To a spokesperson for the national crisis center told AFP around 11 p.m. Sunday morning, the recession gave way to a lot of damage.

Eleven municipalities affected in the Meuse valley

At the end of the day, impressive images of streets invaded by torrents of water circulated on social networks, recalling the scenes experienced ten days previously in the province of Liège.

In the video above, broadcast by the Internet user Nolwynnn on his Twitter account, we observe water engulfing a street in Dinant, a town particularly affected.

The same user also filmed a scene from his car, when he found himself in a street submerged by the rising waters. “We saw the wave coming”, he confides. Despite the impressive images, thehe spokesperson for the national crisis center, Antoine Iseux, however clarified that the situation was “beyond measure” with the floods of July 14 and 15, because the rains this time had not caused a flood.

Houses evacuated in Namur

In Namur, capital of Wallonia, a wall collapsed on a roadway near the casino, below the citadel, and several houses were evacuated.

Residents of Namur (Belgium) evacuate their homes after floods on July 24, 2021. (DURSUN AYDEMIR / ANADOLU AGENCY / AFP)

Thirty people had to be relocated, according to the Belgian daily The evening.

People cross a flooded street in Namur, July 24, 2021. (DURSUN AYDEMIR / ANADOLU AGENCY / AFP)

Significant material damage

Once the water has been withdrawn comes the moment to notice the material damage: entire streets ravaged by the current, the cobblestones torn off and, everywhere, a thick layer of mud.

Cars damaged by rain and transported by flooding are piled up in a street in Dinant, Belgium, July 24, 2021. (DURSUN AYDEMIR / ANADOLU AGENCY / AFP)

Many cars were washed away by strong currents. The streets of cities affected by the floods have sometimes been partly destroyed. Like here in Dinant, where the concrete has been dug by the rains, along residences.

Residents of Dinant, Belgium, see the damage in front of their home, where a street was destroyed by flooding, July 25, 2021. (NICOLAS MAETERLINCK / BELGA / AFP)

A stadium was invaded of debris To Vaux-sous-Chèvremont, near Dinant.

A damaged car and other debris litter the playing field of a football stadium after a flood in Vaux-sous-Chèvremont, Belgium, July 24, 2021. (VIRGINIA MAYO / AP / SIPA / SIPA)

Sunday, it was time to clean up for the inhabitants.

People clean the road in front of their home in Namur (Belgium), the day after heavy rains, July 25, 2021. (NICOLAS MAETERLINCK / BELGA / AFP)

Wearing boots and armed with shovels and brooms, the residents of Namur cleaned up the mud which invaded the garages, the ground floors and the cellars. New rainy episodes are announced in the country in the coming days.



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