The aftermath of the flood

The consequences of the flood disaster are enormous. There are 1836 victims: 864 in Zeeland, 677 in Zuid-Holland, 247 in Noord-Brabant and 7 in Noord-Holland. Later, another 40 people will die as a result of the disaster.

More than 200,000 cows, horses, pigs and other livestock drown and more than 200,000 hectares of agricultural land are flooded by (salt) water. Three thousand homes and 300 farms are destroyed and another 40,000 houses and 3,000 farms are damaged. The dike breaches are numerous and large in Zeeland, Zuid-Holland and Noord-Brabant.

The storm also causes a lot of damage along the coast of England. Thirty thousand people need to be evacuated and more than 24,000 houses are badly damaged. The ferry Princess Victoria – with 224 people on board – perishes. The total number of casualties in England is estimated at 307. There are 25 victims in Belgium.