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The flooding of Dordrecht

Posted in Anniversary, Disasters on Wednesday, 6 April 2011

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17 April marks the anniversary of the flooding of Dordrecht, Holland, when the sea broke through the dykes in 1421.

picture, Dordrecht, Holland, Netherlands

A view of Dordrecht in Holland in the mid-18th century

Heavy storms caused breaches in the dykes that protected the Netherlands from the North Sea. The lower polder lands of Southern Holland were flooded, wiping out a number of villages and causing Dordrecht to become an island. It is estimated that over 100,000 people died in the floods.

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