Last week, large regions in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany have been hit by the worst natural disaster in more than half a century. Not only have thousands of families lost everything they possess, the number of people who have died, and who are unaccounted for, is rising day by day.

Our hearts go out to everyone who lives in a town or village that has been devastated, and to everyone who has been hit by the flood one way or another. This is a time for solidarity, kindness and compassion.