Heavy rainfall causes severe nuisance in southern Dutch province Limburg

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THE HAGUE, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rainfall has caused severe nuisance in the southern Dutch province of Limburg on Wednesday and Thursday, with streets and houses being flooded and some people having been evacuated.

In the city of Valkenburg, soldiers helped to evacuate people from their flooded homes or care centers on Thursday. A hospice and two other care centers were already evacuated on Wednesday evening.

Fire brigades from other provinces helped to remove people from homes and pump the water away. The evacuated have been taken to shelters. About 400 households are without electricity.

The heavy downpour in Limburg was over early Thursday morning, but the drainage of the water is now the problem. The peak flow of Maas river has not yet been reached and the water will continue to rise for the next few days.

At around 3 p.m. local time, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)lifted the weather code red for Limburg. However, the KNMI warned that there is still a threat of flooding. This is also caused by water coming from Germany, where extreme rainfall also led to serious problems. Enditem

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