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Belgian floods death toll reaches 24 as PM visits affected towns

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The death toll from floods and heavy downpours has risen to 24, Belgium’s National Crisis Centre (CCN) said on Saturday morning, as the small country began to take stock of the full damage sustained in recent days. “Unfortunately, we must take into account that this number will increase again in the days and hours to come,” the government body said in an online statement. Emergency workers continue their rescue efforts on the ground, the CCN said, but in the badly-affected Liege province, search operations are “practically finished.” The water level of the Meuse river, which became dangerously…

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