- Title: File material of damage caused by Belgian floods one month on
- Date: 13th August 2021
- Summary: TROOZ, BELGIUM (RECENT - JULY 16, 2021) (REUTERS) CAR UPSIDE DOWN / CHURCH VARIOUS OF PILED UP BROKEN CARS AND TREE BRANCHES NEAR BUILDING VARIOUS OF RESIDENTS CLEANING OUT MUD FROM INSIDE HOUSES TROOZ RESIDENT SHOWING DESTRUCTION IN HER KITCHEN CAUSED BY FLOODS PILED UP DISHES IN SINK PHOTO FRAME AND SMUDGE OF MUD ON COUNTER / DAMAGED INTERIOR DINANT, BELGIUM (RECENT - JULY 24, 2021) (ORIGINALLY SHOT IN PORTRAIT) (VIDEO OBTAINED BY REUTERS) FLOODWATER CARRYING SEVERAL CARS DOWN STREET RUSH OF FLOODWATER SEEN FROM DOORWAY AT STREET LEVEL
- Embargoed: 27th August 2021 08:57
- Keywords: Aftermath Belgian Belgium Climate change Flood Flooding Liege Rain Rainfall Weather cleanup debris destroyed buildings destruction food distribution victim
- Location: ESNEUX, PEPINSTER, VERVIERS, TROOZ AND DINANT, BELGIUM
- City: ESNEUX, PEPINSTER, VERVIERS, TROOZ AND DINANT, BELGIUM
- Country: Belgium
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Europe,Floods
- Reuters ID: LVA004EQ43KUF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT 5037-CLIMATE-FLOODS/BELGIUM-ONE MONTH CONTAINS NEW FOOTAGE SHOWING THE AFTERMATH OF THE FLOODS AND INTERVIEWS OF VICTIMS, A LOCAL OFFICIAL AND A FOOD AID VOLUNTEER
One month after devastating floods in Belgium, residents and volunteers said efforts are picking up pace to rebuild battered towns, but some lamented the slow start to recovery efforts and said months of disruption are still ahead.
Flooding swept through parts of southern and eastern Belgium in mid-July, killing 41 people and leaving a trail of destruction that cut power supplies and swept away whole houses.
A dozen buildings collapsed in the eastern town near Liege, and residents were evacuated from more than 1,000 homes amid severe flooding.
Power supplies have returned, but gas supplies are not expected to resume until the end of the year - leaving many residents heading into winter without heating.
The floods, which also devastated towns in Germany, are the latest in a string of destructive extreme weather events to hit Europe - including deadly heatwaves in Italy and catastrophic wildfires in Greece.
Scientists have said climate change is causing heavier downpours, because a warmer atmosphere holds more moisture. A scientific study on the role of climate change in these specific floods is due to be published later this month.
(Production: Bart Biesemans, Clement Rossignol)
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