Not only in Germany, floods cause exceptional situations. The situation is also critical in the Netherlands and Belgium. Thousands are said to be leaving their homes in Maastricht.
The southern Dutch city of Maastricht has called on around 10,000 citizens to leave their homes and get to safety from the floods.
Several quarters of the city in the Limburg province would be evacuated, the city announced on Thursday evening. It is expected that at night the Meuse will overflow so strongly that residential areas will be flooded.
The city of Roermond also evacuated districts, and several hundred people had to leave their homes. The water levels of the rivers in the Netherlands swell quickly due to the water masses. The army sent several hundred soldiers to help.
The Dutch royal couple traveled to the region badly affected by the flooding on Thursday evening. They had spoken to citizens and mayors.