Uninsured victims of July's floods have two months left to file claims

Uninsured victims of July's floods have two months left to file claims
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Uninsured victims of the deadly floods that ravaged large parts of Belgium in July last year have another two months to report damage claims, the government said on Friday.

Last July, Wallonia and the eastern regions of Flanders experienced heavy rainfall resulting in floods, which were later recognised as a public natural disaster by the Walloon Government.

Given the widespread damage caused by this disaster, the Walloon Government decided to financially support victims without insurance, including residents, but also traders, companies, self-employed people, farmers and local authorities, by granting them partial compensation via the so-called "Calamity Fund".

Non-insured victims of the deadly floods (14-16 and 24 July) have another two months (until 18 April 2022 at the latest) to submit their request for aid via the property repair request form to receive the compensation.

People can only receive compensation for material damages caused by the floods. It also only covers property that is not insured in another way.

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"Without the intervention of the Walloon Government, the uninsured disaster victims would not have received the slightest help to get back on their feet. The Government could not leave them without any compensation," a statement read.

Individual victims who have questions or difficulties filling in their form can contact the number 1718, while the self-employed and businesses can contact the number 1890 if they are in need of help to complete the application. Local authorities can also assist, while helpdesks have been set up in the affected municipalities to offer help to victims.

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