Parts of Belgium have been devastated by some of the worst floods in years, marking the country’s second rain in less than a week.
The provinces of Namur and Walloon Brabant southeast of the capital city Brussels were among the worst hit, after thunderstorms and heavy rain reached the country on Saturday.
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More than 210 people died in the floods in western Europe last week, with most of the casualties in Belgium and Germany. The cost of recovery is expected to be billions of euros.
Heavy floods in Belgium👇👇
This is the climate crisis unravelling. No place is “safe” any more. pic.twitter.com/ehy9yCF96I
— Daniel Moser (@_dmoser) July 25, 2021
Experts say such floods will become more frequent and severe due to climate change, and countries will need to adapt, including by revising calculations about future flood risks, improving warning systems and preparing populations for similar disasters.