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Belgium reels from 'worst flooding in 50 years'

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Belgium reels from 'worst flooding in 50 years'


Torrential rain across Belgium has caused floods and mudslides, killing at least two people near the French border. An elderly woman was trapped in her car, a pedestrian was carried off by the current.

A third person was reported missing: swept away by the floods as she tried to cross a bridge. The search was suspended as night fell, partly due to the force of the current.

Officials have described the flooding as the worst in 50 years. The national weather service said that Belgium had as much rainfall in two days as it normally gets in a month.

The army was called in to help with emergency evacuations, including at one hospital. Many roads have become unusable.

Several regions put emergency plans into operation. The area around Brussels has also been hit; a canal has burst its banks in several places. More than 200 houses had to be evacuated and a pharmaceutical factory closed due to flooding.

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