Floods in Austria after heavy rainfall
After the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, Austria has also been hit by the storm. In the town of Hallein near Salzburg, heavy rain turned a stream into a raging torrent that has flooded parts of the inner city.
On Twitter you can see how the water floods the city and drags cars and fences with it. There are also images of people trying to escape the water.
A local police spokesperson says the situation is ‘very critical, partly dramatic’, reports DPA news agency. There are no reports of any casualties yet.
There are also reports of severe weather in other places in northern Austria. In some places 80 millimeters of rain fell in a short time.
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In this blog keeps NRC the development surrounding the floods and flooding in the south of the Netherlands, east of Belgium and west of Germany. An overview of the most important news of Saturday 17 July:
- On Giro 777, which has been opened for financial aid to the flooded areas in Limburg, the counter stood at 3 million euros on Saturday evening.
- In Germany and Belgium The death toll as a result of the floods rose further on Saturday. At least 141 people have died in Germany, according to Reuters news agency. The Belgian national crisis center has so far information on 27 fatalities.
- The Limburg municipality of Bergen issued an ‘urgent appeal’ on Saturday for the evacuation of the village of Well. The water is “higher than expected,” according to the municipality. According to the Limburg Water Board, the dykes are not strong enough to offer protection against the increasing water level.
- The raised emergency dike at the village of Horn, northwest of Roermond, broke down on Saturday afternoon, the municipality of Leudal reports. In the morning, part of the villages of Haelen and Horn was immediately evacuated, because a dike breach seemed likely. Everyone had to leave the area by 1 p.m. at the latest.
- Evacuees from the area around the South Limburg village of Meerssen were able to return home on Saturday morning. People from Bunde, Voulwames, Brommelen and Geulle had to leave their homes on Friday afternoon, after a hole had formed in the dike of the Juliana Canal. The hole was closed over the course of Saturday, after which the water level started to drop and it was safe enough for residents to return.
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