BBC News published this video item, entitled “How have dozens died in devastating flooding in Germany? – BBC News” – below is their description.
More than fifty people have died and thousands of others have been displaced by extensive flooding in parts of western Germany and Belgium.
In Germany – the most severely affected country – dozens of people are still missing.
The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has called it a catastrophe, linking the events to climate change.
Ros Atkins looks at how the events unfolded and the impact across Europe.
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In This Story: Belgium
Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe. It is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest.
It covers an area of 30,689 km2 (11,849 sq mi) and has a population of more than 11.5 million, making it the 22nd most densely populated country in the world and the 6th most densely populated country in Europe, with a density of 376 per square kilometre (970/sq mi). The capital and largest city is Brussels; other major cities are Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi, Liège, Bruges, Namur, and Leuven.
Legally, Belgium is a sovereign state and a federal constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system. Its institutional organization is complex and is structured on both regional and linguistic grounds. It is divided into three highly autonomous regions: the Flemish Region in the north, Wallonia in the south, and the Brussels-Capital Region.
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