Thousands of people in the south Netherlands are called to leave their homes as soon as possible to escape the floods, as the rivers of the area are on the verge of flooding – a similar warning was sent tonight by local authorities and in areas in the neighboring Belgium.
Many towns and villages along the river Meousi, in the province Limburg, urged residents to seek refuge elsewhere, at least until Friday afternoon. And this is because there is a high probability that flood their homes within the next few hours.
The water level in Meuse and Ruhr reached record levels today, surpassing the one that led to the great floods of 1993 and 1995.
In Falkenburg, at the southern tip of Limburg, near the border with Belgium and Germany, the waters are already encircle The city center. At least one bridge was destroyed.
Shots taken by unmanned aircraft show one mud river to pass between parked cars.
The king Willem-Alexander and the queen Maxima visited Falkenburg tonight to express their support for the residents.
Dozens of houses and hundreds have been flooded across the area troops mobilized to help residents.
So far, however, no casualties have been reported and the situation in the Netherlands is considered less serious than in neighboring Germany. where they have lost their lives at least 45 people and dozens of others are missing.
It is pointed out that local authorities in West Germany are still surveys for the missing but also the warnings to the inhabitants of endangered areas.
In Belgium, flood death toll rises to 6, according to local media.
The three countries – as well as Luxembourg and the Switzerland – hit by the same severe “wave” bad weather.
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