Recovery and rescue efforts continue in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands following severe flooding in those regions.
Here are the latest developments from each country:
- Paying their respects: The country will hold a national day of mourning for flood victims on July 20, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced on Friday, saying the country stands “shoulder to shoulder” with one another.
- Coming to help: More than 150 rescue workers from France, Italy and Austria are in Belgium “providing emergency assistance to people affected by the catastrophic floods,” the European Commission (EC) said in a statement.
- Death toll rises: The death toll in Belgium stands at 20, and could grow, Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden said Friday at a news conference.
- Travel delays: Flood damage in the states of North Rhine Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate is severely affecting train travel in Germany, according to Germany’s rail service Deutsche Bahn.
- Infrastructure fails: A dam along the river Rur in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia broke Friday night, according to the regional government. Officials have started the evacuation of about 700 residents in the Ophoven neighborhood of the city of Wassenberg.
- Support on the way: Germany has deployed 850 soldiers to assist with its disaster relief effort after severe flooding left at least 105 people dead in two western states, the Bundeswehr, Germany's armed forces, tweeted Friday.
- Official visit: Germany's President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will visit the Rhein-Erft-Kreis district of North Rhine-Westphalia state on Saturday after it was hit by severe flooding, a statement released by his office said Friday.
- Grim milestone: At least 105 people have died in Germany and hundreds are still missing, authorities said Friday. ''We fear that the number of fatalities could rise over the next few days," Ulrich Sopart, a police spokesperson in the city of Koblenz, told CNN.
- Sending aid: The German Football Association (DFB) and the German Football League (DFL) have pledged 3 million euros — or about $3.5 million — to aid floods victims in their country.
- Eyes on the horizon: The regions impacted by the devastating flash floods in Germany will see ''much better weather in the coming days,'' the German weather service Deutscher Wetterdienst told CNN Friday.
- Precautionary measures: A hospital in the Dutch town of Venray, including 200 patients, will be evacuated because of a flood risk, the safety authority for North Limburg said on Friday.
- Shelter in place: A hole has formed in the dike (or embankment) alongside the Juliana Canal in the Dutch province of South Limburg, and the regional safety authority has warned residents to urgently close all windows and doors as “there is no more time to leave the house.”
- Return home: Many residents in the Netherlands’ Limburg province have been allowed to return home Friday morning, after tens of thousands were told to evacuate overnight as the Meuse River — or “Maas” in Dutch — approached its high-water mark.