A year after devastating floods, Belgian victims still in trauma

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Reuters

By Clement Rossignol and Bart Biesemans TROOZ, BELGIUM (Reuters) – A year after floods devastated his town in the east of Belgium, 70-year-old retired welder Mario Bonelli remains traumatised by the event and fellow townsfolk are still repairing their ravaged homes. The floods in eastern Belgium last July were the most destructive in living memory as streets turned into rivers, roads were ripped up and houses caved in, shocking a wealthy country that had, by and large, escaped the worst effects of climate change. The floods caused more than 40 fatalities in Belgium alone. In neighbouring Germa…

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