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During a visit to stricken eastern Belgium, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen on Saturday pledged EU support to help rebuild regions hit by this week’s deadly floods.

“Europe is with you. We share your grief. We will help you rebuild ”, von der Leyen mentionned as she joined Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo in the hard-hit towns of Rochefort and Pepinster.

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (left) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (right) stand near a fallen tree during their visit to the town of Rochefort following heavy rains and flood on July 17, 2021 | John Thys / AFP via Getty Images

De Croo too mentionned on Twitter that “the presence of President von der Leyen shows that this solidarity goes far beyond borders”.

Extreme flooding has killed at least 157 people in Belgium and Germany.

Luxembourg, Switzerland and the Netherlands have also been affected by the rising waters.

Breaking news Von der Leyen pledges EU support during visit to flood-affected region – POLITICO
Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen | John Thys / AFP via Getty Images

European Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič – who accompanied von der Leyen on the visit – said he was “proud” that more than 170 rescuers from France, Italy and Austria have been deployed through the European mechanism civil protection and provided emergency assistance to those affected.

Earlier this week, in response to a Belgian request, the EU activated its mechanism to support local flood relief teams.

Breaking news Von der Leyen pledges EU support during visit to flood-affected region – POLITICO
Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister for the Economy Pierre-Yves Dermagne and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen look out of a window at a house damaged during their visit to the city of Rochefort | John Thys / AFP via Getty Images

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