Catastrophic Flooding In Germany, Belgium & Netherlands
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Germany is in shock. Days of heavy rain caused several rivers to burst their banks, flooding entire towns and villages. More than 160 people lost their lives. Climate change scientists are predicting that extreme weather conditions will surely return due to climate change. Now survivors are battling to clean up in the wake of the disaster, in the video published on July 22, 2021, “Germany after the flooding | DW Documentary“, below:
Much efforts in recovery and rescue continue in Germany, Belgium, and Netherlands following severe flooding in these regions. According to CNN, latest developments as a result of the flooding from these countries, below:
- According to Germany’s rail service Deutsche Bahn, flood damages in the states of North Rhine Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate is severely affecting train travel in Germany.
- According to a regional German government, a dam along the River Rur in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia broke Friday night, July 16, 2021, and officials have started the evacuation of about 700 residents in the Ophoven neighborhood of the city of Wassenberg.
- The Bundeswehr, Germany’s armed forces tweeted Friday, July 16, 2021, that Germany has deployed 850 soldiers to assist with its disaster relief effort after severe flooding left at least 105 people dead in two western states.
- Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the Rhein-Erft-Kreis district of North Rhine-Westphalia state on Saturday, July 17, 2021.
- A police spokeperson, Ulrich Sopart, in the city of Koblenz, told CNN that at least 105 people have died in Germany and hundreds are still missing.
- The German Football Association (DFB) and the German Football League (DFL) have pledged 3 million euros (about $3.5 million) to aid flood victims in Germany.
- Belgium Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced that July 20, 2021 was a national day of mourning for flood victims, saying the country stands “shoulder to shoulder” with one another.
- European Commission said in a statement that more than 150 rescue workers from France, Italy, and Austria are in Belgium “providing emergency assistance to people affected by the catastrophic flood.”
- Interior Minister of Belgium, Annelies Verlinden reported, that the death toll in Belgium is around 31 and more than 160 people missing.
- The safety authority for North Limburg said on Friday, July 16, 2021, a hospital in the Dutch town of Venray, including 200 patients, were evacuated because of flood risk.
- A hole has formed in the dike alongside the Juliana Canal in the Dutch province of South Limburg, and the regional safety authority has warned residents to urgently close all windows and doors as “there is no more time to leave the house.”
- After tens of thousands were told to evacuate overnight as the Meuse River approached its high-water mark, many residents in the Netherlands’ Limburg province have been allowed to return home Friday night, July 16, 2021.
ABC News’ Maggie Rulli reports on how climate change has impacted the deadly floods in Germany that wrecked infrastructure and livelihoods in some of the worst damage Germany has faced since WWII, in the video published on July 19, 2021, “Germany devastated after flooding, as scientists predict more extreme weather“, below:
Over 180 people are dead after the worst floods to hit western Europe in living memory. As Chris Livesay reports from western Germany, that region has suffered the most brutal impact, but Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have also seen devastation, in the video published on July 19, 2021, “Germany hardest hit by worst flooding in Europe’s history“, below:
More than 120 people have died and hundreds are still missing after record rainfall caused the worst flooding in parts of Western Europe for many decades, in the video published on July 16, 2021, “Catastrophic flooding across western Europe as politicians blame climate change – BBC News“, below:
Catastrophic flooding killed 195 people in Germany and Belgium as residents in badly affected areas were overwhelmed by the speed and ferociousness with which the water came. CNN’s Sam Kiley reports from Germany, in the video published on July 19, 2021, “See huge flood devastation in Germany and Belgium“, below:
Rescue teams in Germany are continuing the search for more victims of last week’s devastating floods. Almost 200 people have been confirmed dead in Germany and neighboring countries. An army of volunteers has been helping German residents who were badly hit by the disaster. Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports from the historic German town of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, which she found covered in a thick layer of mud, in the video published on July 20, 2021, “Germany floods: Historic town buried in mud“, below:
The water is slowly receding, but the disaster is far from over. In devastated riverside towns in Germany, people are only slowly working their way through dealing with what the flood has left behind: bulks of mud and piles of rubbish, in the video published on July 21, 2021, “Hopes of finding survivors fade in flood-hit areas in Germany | DW News“, below:
Homes ripped apart by floods, floating cars and piles of rubble and debris are some of the scenes seen in the areas near the river Vesdre in Belgium, in the video published on July 19, 2021, “Exclusive footage: Flood-damaged homes and debris-lined streets along river in Belgium | ITV News“, below:
Apocalypse in Europe! Evacuation of people after a severe flood in Theux, Belgium! Severe Flash Floods hits to Belgium, All the streets turned to like rivers, in the video published on July 15, 2021, “Belgium SHOCKED!! Terrible flood destroys Belgium | Streets turned into rivers || July 2021 || Liege“, below:
Drone and helicopter footage shows the extent of flood damage in towns across Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands after heavy rainfall caused water levels to rise in large parts of western Europe. Footage from local Belgian TV station RTL shows cars submerged in water and flooded streets and shops in the small town of Esneux, on the River Ourthe, just south of Liege. In Germany 18 people died and dozens were missing around the wine-growing hub of Ahrweiler, in Rhineland-Palatinate state, police said, after the Ahr river that flows into the Rhine rose and brought down half a dozen houses, in the video published on July 15, 2021, “Flooding across Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands shown in aerial footage”, below:
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