Thousands evacuated from flood-hit areas of France, Germany, Belgium

uni1464944418{Big News Network / PARIS, France} – Following several days of torrential rain and flooding across Europe, thousands of people have been evacuated from France, Germany and Belgium after riverbanks began flooding, causing heavy damage to property and killing at least ten people across the region.

While River Seine and its tributaries, that run through Paris overflowed on either side blocking roads and railway racks across Paris, Germany’s Bavaria state reported deaths of five people as floods swept through the Simbach am Inn and Triftern towns near the Austrian border.

Disaster relief and rescue operations have been on-going in both regions, even as warnings of more storms and rising water levels has been issued. A state of emergency was declared in the German city of Passau, while reports indicated that a dam is threatening to break in the district of Wesel, North Rhine-Westphalia.

Francois Hollande, the French President declared a state of emergency in the worst affected areas.

Hollande pledged funds to help local authorities deal with flood damage and pointed out that unusually heavy rains in June reiterated the urgency to curb climate change.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel too has promised continued help for flooded areas.

Belgium meanwhile reported flooded in several parts of the country as it witnessed fourth day of heavy rainfall. Reports from the country claimed that the norther Antwerp and the west of Flanders were hit by floods, while the areas around Limburg and Liege too witnessed a rise in water levels. Due to heavy flooded, authorities had temporarily suspended a major train line that connected Limburg to Belgium’s capital city, Brussels.

Reports claimed that River Seine rose above 5 metres surging to its highest level in 30 years.

In the French capital, renowned Louvre museum, which is the world’s most visited museum and Orsay museum of Impressionist art – both located by the River Seine were shut down on June 3 as they made efforts to safeguard their precious collections and move them to upper levels.

Further, the Chambord castle, which is a UNESCO world heritage site located in the Loire Valley was surround by flood water.

A commuter line that runs along the river to reach the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Versailles was reportedly closed down by the SNCF rail operator.

The French media reported that at least 3,000 people were evacuated from Nemours, while the Loiret region was experiencing the most severe floods in a century, with the army pressed into action to evacuate motorists trapped on the A10 motorway.

The Paris police reportedly upgraded their flood warning to the second highest level – Orange for areas located near the River Seine.

The meteorological service in France has said that more rainfall is expected over the next few days as water levels in the River Seine are expected to rise further.

The department reportedly said that severe flood watches for the Seine-et-Marne region in Paris would remain effective along with other nine regions that have been facing significant flooding

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