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Belgium raises flood death toll to 37, {six missing further}

FILE PHOTO: Rescuers {seek out} victims in {an automobile} after heavy rainfall in Trooz, Belgium, July 20, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman

July 22, 2021

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgian authorities raised the death toll on Thursday from last week’s burst rivers and flash floods to 37, with {an additional} six people missing.

Belgium’s crisis centre, {{that is} coordinating the rescue and relief operation,|{that is} coordinating the relief and rescue operation,} {raised {the amount of} fatalities {from the} previous 32.|raised the true {amount of} fatalities {from the} previous 32.} {It said police experts had {up to now} identified 32 of the deceased.|It said police experts had so identified 32 of the deceased far.}

In western Germany, floods killed {at the very least} 160 people.

The Belgian centre added that, of 473 people reported missing, {{there is} still no trace of six.|{there is} no trace of six still.}


“{For a lot of} {there’s a} possible sign of life,|

“{For a lot of} {is really a} possible sign of life there,} but for others, {{there’s} unfortunately {an extremely} strong chance {that they can} be {on the list of} fatalities,|{there’s} unfortunately {an extremely} strong chance {they} shall be {on the list of} fatalities,}” the centre said in a statement.

In Germany, {a lot more than} 170 people died in last week’s flooding, the country’s worst natural disaster in {over fifty percent} {a hundred years}, and thousands were missing.

(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Giles Elgood)



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