The death toll due to the flood in Belgium has risen to 41, and two people are still looking for. This was announced by Walloon Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo at a press conference on the reconstruction plans of the Walloon Region.
To repair all water damage, a special commissariat is set up. According to Di Rupo, the exact extent of the total damage is not yet known, but it will require “a lot of money”. At least the Walloon Government has set aside two billion euros for reconstruction.
202 out of 262 municipalities in Wallonia are eligible for disaster fund funds. “That reflects the magnitude of the drama,” said Di Rupo.
Municipalities will be transferred millions in the coming period to tackle the most necessary problems, such as housing for residents of homes that have become uninhabitable and the remediation of polluted land due to flooding.
From tomorrow, the Flemish Red Cross will deploy 200 crisis workers every day in the affected municipalities. They will help cleaning homes and businesses. In addition, Belgian Prime Minister De Croo has pledged that 250 soldiers remain present in the area.
No details have been disclosed about the two remaining missing persons. It has been over a week since the country was hit hard by the floods. In addition to the 41 deaths in Belgium, 177 people died in Germany.