National Mourning Day for Belgium: The flags are flying at half-mast

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Today is a day of national mourning for Belgium with the flags waving at half-mast.

Events in memory of all those who lost their lives in last week’s deadly floods take place from 11 am (Belgian time). They started in Verviers, one of the hardest hit areas. At about 11.30, King Philip of Belgium arrived. Both the Prime Minister of the country Alexander De Croo and the Prime Minister of Wallonia, Elio Di Rupo, were present.

“Our country is mourning today,” Alexander De Croo was quoted as saying by the Athens News Agency, stressing that “in difficult times, these human ties are our greatest strength.”

At noon, everything stopped and there was a minute’s silence. At the European Council, President Charles Michel and the Ambassadors of the 27 Member States honored the dead.

Today our flags are flown at half-mast as a tribute to the victims of the floods in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

“The EU stands by you and mourns with you,” she said in a statement Commission.

According to the latest official report, the death toll stands at 31 and the missing at 70.

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