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Citizens clear up their flood-damaged houses on July 16 in Ensival, Belgium. Photo: Olivier Matthys/Getty Images

Following days of heavy rainfall in Germany and Belgium, rivers and reservoirs have burst through their banks to create a rare flood event that's left more than 125 people dead.

State of play: The equivalent of two months of rain has fallen on some areas over the last one to two days, per AP, citing the French national weather service.

  • Scientists are analyzing the rainfall for more precise calculations and to determine the role that global warming played in this disaster.
In photos
A man moves possessions inside a flooded house on July 16 in Geulle, Netherlands. Photo: Sanne Derks/Getty Images
Damage caused by floods in Liège, Belgium, after the heavy rainfall of the past days, July 16. Photo: Bernard Gillet/Belga Mag/AFP via Getty Images
This picture taken in Chaudfontaine, near Liège, Belgium, on July 16, shows debris piled up next to a bridge after the flood. Photo by John Thys/AFP via Getty Images
A car sits sunken in a deluged area after a major flood in the Ahrweiler district of Germany's mountainous Eifel area on July 16. Photo: Adam Berry/Getty Images
Destroyed furniture and household goods are piled up in front of a flooded house in Iversheim near Bad Muenstereifel, western Germany. Photo: Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images
A flooded street is seen in Bad Muenstereifel, western Germany, on July 16 after heavy rain hit parts of the country, causing widespread flooding. Photo: Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images

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Sep 15, 2021 - Health

"We're back": Broadway's biggest shows return to fully vaccinated audiences

Lin-Manuel Miranda surprises the audience and welcomes them back to Broadway at the reopening of "Hamilton." Photo: Bruce Glikas/Getty Images

Some of Broadway's biggest shows returned Tuesday night, with theater icons Kristin Chenoweth, Julie Taymor and Lin-Manuel Miranda welcoming fully vaccinated and mask-wearing audiences.

Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic forced Broadway shows to close for 18 months — the longest shutdown in Broadway history, the New York Times reports.

GOP Rep. Gonzalez retires in face of Trump-backed primary

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R) Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R) announced his retirement on Thursday, declining to run against a Trump-backed primary challenger in 2022.

Why it matters: Gonzalez has suffered politically since siding with House Democrats to impeach the 45th president after the Capitol riot.

Swing voters oppose Texas abortion law

Protesters at a rally at the Texas State Capitol. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

All 10 swing voters in Axios’ latest focus groups — including those who described themselves as "pro-life" — said they oppose Texas' new anti-abortion law.

Why it matters: If their responses reflect larger patterns in U.S. society, this could hurt Republicans with women and independents in next year's midterm elections. The swing voters cited overreach, invasion of privacy and concerns about frivolous lawsuits jamming up the courts.