Authorities should rethink rescue efforts after floods, Walloon rescue zones say

Authorities should rethink rescue efforts after floods, Walloon rescue zones say
Floods in Liège. Credit: Belga

Walloon rescue zones are calling on federal and regional authorities to participate in the aftermath of the mid-July floods in Belgium, in a "no-holds-barred" reflection on organising emergency efforts and assisting

Making the announcement in a statement on Friday, the Association des zones de secours wallonnes (ReZonWal -Association of Walloon rescue zones) stressed that the flood damage pointed to a glaring need for rescue zones to be more effective.

"This disaster needs to spur the country’s political authorities, at both the federal and regional levels, into taking all necessary measures to improve the management of such crises,” ReZonWal said in a statement. It was therefore in a constructive spirit that the rescue zones wished to call on the authorities to reflect on organising this, it added.

Discussion points should include the need to link local rescue services directly to regional administrations, regional coordination of staff training, and the increasing drop in volunteer activity in recent years.

This is “a societal phenomenon affecting all European countries,” the association said. “It requires real, inevitable reflection to respond to, and face up to natural disasters that could be increasingly recurrent.”

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