Three days of uninterrupted rain has caused widespread flooding in Southern Belgium. Chatelet, a small?
GV PAN..flooded street in Chatelet.
SV PAN..River water in flood.
SV Turbulent river water.
GV Flooded main street.
SLV Floods at corner of street.
SV Man walks in flooded street.
SLV Truck negotiating corner.
GV Another flooded street.
SV Military salvage truck forward.
SV PAN..salvage appliances etc.
SV Troops man pump.
SV Water leaves pump hose.
GV PAN..semi-drained street.
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Background: Three days of uninterrupted rain has caused widespread flooding in Southern Belgium. Chatelet, a small town in the centre of the Borinage district, was particularly affected as the swollen River Sambre overflowed its banks.
Floodwaters put the power station out of action, and flowed into the hospital. Nurses in their nightclothes tended patients as troops took them to safety at nearby Charleroi.
Firemen and soldiers are operating rescue patrols, and using mobile appliances to pump water out of the flooded houses. Road and rail transport is completely disrupted, and navigation on the Sambre was stopped after barges had been carried downstream.
King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola visited the flooded areas Feb 1. An amphibious vehicle taking the King to isolated homes near Chatelet narrowly escaped collision with the floating carcase of a pig.