The flood toll in Belgium stands at 31

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Brussels, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – July 18, 2021): The number of Belgian residents confirmed dead in the massive flooding that hit several European countries this week rose to 31 on Sunday, according to official figures, as authorities said which they called an end to the rescue operations.

“There is no longer any immediate danger in the affected areas,” the country’s crisis center said on Sunday evening, adding that “the rescue operations are over but search operations are continuing in some areas”.

“Cleaning and estimating material damage are now central concerns,” he added.

Sunday’s death toll marked an increase of four dead from the number reported on Saturday, while the total missing rose to 163.

Police have been dispatched to knock on doors to search for other potential victims in the affected areas, mainly in southern and eastern Belgium.

Many remain cut off from communications after losing their phones or lack of electricity to recharge their batteries, while others have been taken to hospital without identity documents.

Sunshine and warmer temperatures brightened up the picture on Saturday, and water levels dropped to reveal scenes of devastation.

In the worst-hit town of Pepinster, more than 1,000 people had to be evacuated.

More than 37,000 homes were still without electricity and 3,600 without gas on Sunday, authorities said, while rail operator Infrabel said there had been disruptions in nearly half of rail services in the city. nationwide.

Many sections of line are undergoing or require major work, said Infrabel spokeswoman Jessica Nibelle, including a collapsed bridge and six kilometers of track that must be completely rebuilt.

The crisis center urged people to “avoid travel to affected provinces” because of unsafe or still flooded roads.

While many people organized fundraisers to help flood victims, authorities urged people to donate money to the Red Cross.

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