Belgium fears for its fragile coastline

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Storms and rising sea levels could wreak havoc as defences that protect beaches and dykes are overwhelmed

Ostend residents no longer see the poetic side of the town’s broad sandy beach, immortalised by the French singer Léo Ferré. These days the North Sea is increasingly a source of anxiety and Ostend a multicoloured building site, throbbing with bulldozers, diggers and dredgers.

The Guardian.

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