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Three die in Belgium floods

Three die in Belgium floods
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At least theree people have died after widespread flooding hit Belgium over the weekend.

Although the weather situation is said to be easing, large parts of the country remain underwater.

In the Dutch speaking northern region of Flanders, hundreds of people from a town close to Brussels were still unable to go back to their homes Monday morning with concern a levee would give way.

One Sint Pieters-Leeuw resident said:’‘We don’t know but they told us the levee near the plant was on the verge of breaking and if that happens the water will stream into our neighbourhood.’‘

Drier conditions have been forecast for the next few as many residents began the unenviable task of cleaning up the homes.

An estimated months worth of rain fell in two days in what some officials have described as the worst flooding in 50 years.

Up to 80 litres per square metre was recorded in some places.

The severity of the situation has seen several regions put emergency plans into operation with water levels expected to peak some time on Tuesday.

Despite the deaths and scale of the damage to property, the government has rejected claims it was not properly prepared for the floods.