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Media reported that the emergency evacuation began in the early hours of Friday in four villages in the province of Groningen after days of rain, following calls on Thursday for 100 residents to leave their homes and farms in the same northern province.

Local authorities said moving residents to safety was their first priority, and that teams were also preparing to move thousands of cattle left on farms.

Residents and the military packed sandbags along a 400 meter section of the dyke to help plug the leaks, and roads into the area were blocked.

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