Video captured cars floating down flooded streets in Belgium as heavy rain pummels the region
- Cars were filmed floating down a street in Verviers in east Belgium on Thursday, as heavy rain pummeled the Liege province.
- Liege has been placed under red alert as more rain is expected.
- Belgium Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said the country's emergency services have been mobilised.
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Cars were seen floating down a street in Verviers - a city of 55,000 people - in east Belgium on Thursday, as heavy rain pummeled the Liege province, causing flash floods.
Météo Express, a French website that covers weather in the region, uploaded a video of the flooded street on Twitter, adding that the water level was currently at 2 metres.
The entire region has been placed under red alert, and Euronews reported that four more inches of rain were expected on Thursday.
Belgium news outlet VRT NWS quoted the mayor of Pepinster, a small town of around 10,000 people in the Liege province, who said dozens of houses collapsed along the Vesdre River that flows through the area.
In another part of Belgium, Belgium news outlet VRT NWS reported that the body of a 50-year-old man was found in the basement of his house in municipality Aywaille. According to emergency services, he was checking out the flooding in his basement. At least eight people have died in Germany and Belgium in the floods.
Belgium Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said in a tweet that he'd mobilized the country's emergency services.
Parts of the Rhine - a major river that flows through Germany and the Netherlands - were closed for shipping until the weekend due to heavy rain, reported Mdr aktuell, a German news agency.
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