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Deadly floods hit western Europe, asking for a large-scale prompt effort for the wellbeing of the citizens. As many as 1300 people have been assumed missing.
According to the weather reports, western Europe is experiencing the heaviest rainfall in a century causing flash floods and fast-moving water streams.
Germany has been hit the worst. Water has blown away entire villages and small towns in southern and western Germany and the ordeal still hasn’t ended. The flash floods have caused many buildings to collapse across the region making the residents and occupants stranded out in the open.
According to the authorities, 55 people have lost their lives in different incidents across Europe because of heavy floods, and the number is expected to rise.
Belgium witnessed 6 people dead whereas 49 lost their lives in Germany. The Netherlands and Luxembourg have been severely affected as well.
Andreas Friedrich, a weather service spokesperson in Germany stated “in some areas, we have not seen this much rainfall in 100 years”
The extreme rainfall started on Wednesday which continued all day till Thursday causing a collapse of all the rescue resources. The German regions of Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, and North Rhine-Westphalia are the worst-hit regions and have seen the highest rainfalls in a century.
Cologne, Germany recorded 154 millimeters of rain in just 24 hours which is almost double the average monthly rainfall of the city for July.
49 people dead in Germany:
Germany saw 49 deaths due to heavy rainfall and flash flooding. 30 people lost their lives in the most populated state of Germany; North Rhine-Westphalia whereas the number of people missing in the state is still unknown.
Another 19 people died in Rhineland-Palatinate because of the rainfall and the aftereffects of the flash floods and heavy water torrents.
German Chancellor Angela Markel termed the heavy rainfall and fatal floods as “catastrophe”
She stated that the country’s main focus is to provide rescue and immediate response to the people who are adversely affected by the floods and they are working on a strategy likewise to bring in financial aid to curtail the recovery of people who have been caught up by the floods miserably and have lost their loved ones as well as their assets.
“I mourn for those who have lost their lives in this catastrophe – we do not yet know these numbers but there will be many,” said Angela Markel who is currently visiting the United States of America.