Heavy flooding in Belgium, 2 dead

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 14, 2010 23:19

BRUSSELS — Belgian authorities on Sunday called in the army to assist with emergency evacuations after severe flooding killed two people in the southwestern Hainot province.

A 72-year-old woman drowned overnight near Beaumont after her husband lost control of their vehicle, Lt. Fabrice Pierart of the local firefighters told RTL television. A second victim, who was on his way home, was found just meters away, Pierart said.

"This is a catastrophe for our region," the mayor of Beaumont, Charles Dupuis, told RTL.

A woman was missing after being carried away by the water, according to authorities in the town of Lessines.

Officials described the flooding as the worst in 50 years. The national weather service said that in two days Belgium absorbed as much rainfall as it normally gets in a month


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