National Affairs: Flood's Wake

In The Netherlands village of Dubbeldam, a handful of sober, weary Dutchmen paused for a moment to stand bareheaded before a row of four rough wooden coffins, but there was little time for mourning. The very next night new gales whipped the swollen tides down the wind tunnel of the North Sea to rip new holes in weakened Dutch dikes and add still more victims to the 1,372 already dead in the floods.

From all over the world, offers of help poured in to the flood victims. U.S. and British helicopters fluttered everywhere, picking refugees...

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