Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-07-20 08:01:14 –
Brussels — Belgium held a day to mourn the victims of the devastating floods last week, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel second to the worst-hit areas of the disaster, which killed nearly 200 people in both countries. We are visiting.
The Belgian king and queen visited the eastern town of Verviers on Tuesday, comforting those who lost most of their loved ones and possessions as a torrent struck a village in eastern Belgium, killing at least 31 people.
In Germany, 165 people have been confirmed dead.
Authorities said they were more likely to find more victims in the destroyed home.
During a tour of the damage in the village of Schuld on Tuesday, Merkel called the scene “surreal” and “ghost.”
“It’s shocking. There are few words in German that have been devastating,” Merkel said at a press conference in a nearby town.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said authorities will work to “set the world step by step in this beautiful region,” and her cabinet will approve immediate and medium-term financial assistance programs on Wednesday.
Meteorological officials predicted rapid expansion of heavy rainfall, even in small rivers, but warnings that could cause catastrophic damage appear to have reached many in the affected areas. did not.
Local authorities “tried to respond very quickly,” said Interior Minister Roger Lewenz.
“But this was a momentary water explosion …. you can get the best preparation and warning situation (but) if the warning device was destroyed and taken to the building, it would be very It’s a difficult situation. “
The mobile network was also knocked out by the flood.
Federal and state officials faced criticism from some opposition politicians about the disaster, which is approaching a general election in September.