Record rainfall Germany As a result, the country has experienced the worst flooding in decades. At least 81 people have been confirmed dead. Due to extreme conditions, more than 1,000 people are still unaccounted for.
The floods occurred in western Germany, the states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia were the hardest hit, and also hit areas in Belgium and the Netherlands, where the banks of the rivers subsequently burst. Downpour Equivalent to about two months’ worth of parts of Europe on Thursday.
Approximately 1,300 people are still missing in the Ahrweiler district south of Cologne, Germany. According to reports, family members cannot call their loved ones due to the breakdown of the mobile phone network. flood.
Reuters reported that several areas suffered severe damage during the extreme weather on Thursday. Images showed that the town was completely flooded and the bridge was partially destroyed.
Early on Friday morning, houses in the town of Erftstadt near Cologne collapsed and rescuers tried to rescue residents who returned home despite the flood warning.
Approximately 15,000 police, soldiers, and emergency rescuers tried to reach residents trapped at home by boat. They were deployed but were hindered by conditions.
This British Broadcasting Corporation According to reports, the village of Schuld, with a population of about 700, was almost completely destroyed, and heavy rain is expected in the area on Friday.
Andreas Friedrich, a spokesperson for the German Meteorological Service, told CNN: “In some areas, we haven’t seen such heavy rainfall in 100 years.”
He added: “In some areas, we saw rainfall more than doubled, causing flooding. Unfortunately, some building structures collapsed.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel It is said that the victims of the flood will receive the full support of the government, and the Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer told the magazine mirror Financial support will be provided as soon as possible.
During a meeting with the US President, Merkel said: “I worry that we will only see the full content of this tragedy in the next few days.” Joe Biden Thursday in Washington, DC.
Merkel expressed his “deepest condolences” to the victims and confirmed that the government will provide support for the reconstruction of the disaster area, and said that “in this difficult and terrible time, they will not leave you alone.”
Biden, who was standing next to Merkel at the press conference, also expressed support. He said: “I want to express my sincere condolences to you and the German people, and to the American people because they have suffered a devastating loss of life. And destruction. Floods in Germany and neighboring countries in the past 24 hours.”
Rhineland-Palatinate Governor Maru Dreyer told the regional council on Thursday: “Some people are dead, some are missing, and many others are in danger. […] We have never seen such a disaster. This is really devastating. “
During a visit to the affected area on Thursday, North Rhine-Westphalia Governor Armin Laschet attributed floods and heavy rainfall to climate change.
“We will face such incidents time and time again, which means we need to speed up climate protection measures… because climate change is not limited to one state,” he said.
Seehofer stated that Germany “must be better prepared for weather-related disasters” in the future, adding that “this extreme weather is the result of climate change.”
According to Reuters, at least 14 people have been confirmed to have died from floods in Belgium. Thousands of people were told to evacuate their homes in the country because of the extreme weather on Thursday, causing cars to be swept across the streets.