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'Unimaginable': Germany, Belgium Remember Deadly 2021 Floods

Residents and officials stand for a moment of silence after a wreath laying ceremony in Nessonvaux, Belgium, on Thursday, July 14, 2022. Commemorations were held on Thursday to pay homage to the victims of catastrophic flooding in several provinces of Belgium after torrential rains fell in the region one year ago. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
Residents and officials stand for a moment of silence after a wreath laying ceremony in Nessonvaux, Belgium, on Thursday, July 14, 2022. Commemorations were held on Thursday to pay homage to the victims of catastrophic flooding in several provinces of Belgium after torrential rains fell in the region one year ago. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
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Berlin (AP) -- Warning that disaster prevention must be improved, Germany and Belgium on Thursday commemorated the deadly floods that hit a year ago with high-profile memorials to pay tribute to the more than 230 people who lost their lives in those countries.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeiner visited the Ahr valley, where at least 134 people died when heavy rain turned streams into raging torrents that swept away houses, roads and bridges.