10,000 people in the Netherlands called for evacuation

If there is one country in Europe that knows how to deal with water levels and dams, it is the Netherlands. Much of Holland would be below sea level if it weren’t for the system of man-made locks, dams, dykes and canals.

The current flood masses, which have led to destruction in Western Europe – above all in Germany and Belgium – are now reaching the Netherlands. For their own protection from the flood wave, thousands of people in the south of the country had to leave their houses and apartments in places along the Meuse. In Venlo on the border with North Rhine-Westphalia, a hospital with 200 patients was also evacuated as a precaution.