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German and Dutch cities strengthen their dikes in the face of heavy rains

BERLIN, AMSTERDAM: Firefighters and volunteers worked to strengthen dikes against rising floodwaters in northern and eastern Germany, as heavy rain caused rivers and streams to overflow and forced several towns to evacuate their inhabitants.

The dpa news agency reported that the town of Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, deployed an artificial dike to protect its city center, while in Windehausen, Thuringia, hundreds of residents were asked to leave their home after the city’s power outage.

This week, several floodplains were also underwater in the eastern Netherlands after rivers swelled, causing localized flooding. In response, some temporary sea walls were built with large sandbags.

The various branches of the Rhine that pass through the Netherlands are expected to peak on December 28.

On the social networking site We are monitoring the situation closely and taking action if necessary. I wish everyone in the Netherlands faced with the unpleasant consequences of heavy rains to give a lot of strength.”

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