The death toll in Belgium due to flooding in the Liège region has risen to 37, reports the crisis centre. Still this afternoon, a 70-year-old woman was found who had been dragged along the Mehaige River. The federal police team identifying disaster victims has been able to establish the identity of 32 people. Six more people are missing.
In Liège, divers are still looking for victims. Cleanup actions are in full swing and additional police have been deployed to prevent further looting.
In the provinces of Liège and Luxembourg, 300 soldiers provide assistance to the victims of the flood. Two army helicopters were also used in Liège: one to locate cars that are still stuck in the debris, the other to unplug and remove the vehicles. Its about ninety stranded cars in total.
Starting Saturday, heavy rain showers and thunderstorms are expected in the affected areas.
Last Tuesday, Belgium had a day of national mourning to dwell on the victims of the flood. King Philip and Prime Minister De Croo attended a memorial ceremony in Verviers:
In Germany, too, the death toll of the distress weather continues to grow slowly. 128 people died in Rhineland-Palatinate, 47 in North Rhine-Westphalia, at least 150 people are still missing. The Berlin government has cleared EUR 200 million for direct aid to the affected areas. A lower term recovery aid fund is still being discussed.