Scouts Rush to Support Flooded Areas in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands
Devastating floods inundated parts of Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands throughout the first half of July 2021. As the affected communities start to pick up the pieces, Scouts rush to provide relief aid, while showing an outstanding level of responsiveness and solidarity.
Following the catastrophic flooding, hundreds of people lost their lives and many are still unaccounted for, injured or displaced. Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected. We are extremely proud of all the Scouts across Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, who have been helping their local communities, ensuring a rapid response and showing a heartwarming solidarity.
The emergency situation has forced thousands of young people to be evacuated or relocated in the middle of a summer camp season. A considerable number of summer camps had been cancelled or postponed.
In Belgium, solidarity initiatives have seen Scouts rolling up their sleeves, proving once again that the Scout’s duty is to help others under all difficulties. A platform has been put in place for those willing to offer a hand or to collect equipment, materials and donations. In the Netherlands local units have been helping local residents as they strive to slowly take stock of the damage. Some areas of Luxembourg have also experienced severe flooding and local Scouts were among the first responders to offer support to clean up and remove debris.
As recovery actions are set to last for several more weeks ahead, we commend all Scouts involved for their great sense of solidarity and relentless service and we wish them all the best as they support their communities in these exceptional difficult times.
(Photos from Les Scouts and Scoutinggroep De Meuleberg)