AP PHOTOS: Swollen rivers destroy thru portions of Europe


July 17, 2021 GMT

SCHULD, Germany (AP) Torrential rain became typically placid rivers into raging torrents in portions of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands this week, dragging vehicles and roads with them, bringing down entire homes and leaving greater than 150 folks useless.

The Ahr river in western Germany, typically a minor tributary of the Rhine, brought about one of the vital worst injury as unexpectedly emerging floodwater smashed thru its curving valley on Wednesday evening. Several houses collapsed within the village of Schuld, and a bridge over the river used to be left strewn with particles. People seeking to salvage their possessions waded thru knee-deep dust.

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The Meuse broke its banks within the Belgian town of Liege, leaving some locals taking to boats. The German town of Hagen additionally suffered critical flooding.

In Erftstadt, close to Cologne in Germany, folks had been trapped when the bottom gave means and their houses collapsed. Dozens had been rescued from their houses and aerial pictures confirmed what gave the impression to be a large landslide at a gravel pit at the cities edge.

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