Flooding in Europe: The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany have been hit by heavy rains—areas impacted MAPPED
After excessive rains, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands are currently facing freak floods. What parts of Europe have been hit by torrential rain?
In Western Europe, record rainfall has caused extensive devastation and death, with at least 80 people confirmed dead and hundreds more still missing. The worst-affected countries have been Germany and the Netherlands, but flooding has forced many people to flee their homes in both countries.
Residents of towns and villages along the Meuse River in Limburg province were warned to take shelter as soon as possible until at least Friday.
Following the destruction that has occurred in Germany this week, water levels on the Meuse and Rur rivers reached record levels on Thursday, causing alarm among citizens and officials.
The states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany have been impacted the hardest.
A slow-moving low pressure system has flooded Western Europe, causing rivers to breach their banks and flooding streets in cities, towns, and villages, as well as knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people.
Flooding is now occurring in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Switzerland.
As of Thursday night, more than 80 people had died and more than 1,000 people were believed to be missing in Germany’s western regions.
At least 81 people have died in the two worst-affected German states, Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, according to German media, with 50 and 30 deaths respectively.
It’s the country’s worst natural disaster in years, and with mobile networks down, finding the missing is getting much more difficult.
Horst Seehofer, Germany’s interior minister, told the publication Spiegel that the government will try to provide financial assistance to hard-hit areas as soon as possible.
“In my whole political career in Germany, I have never seen a flood with such devastating results, with so many dead and missing,” Mr Seehofer said.
“No one can really deny that climate change is to blame for this disaster.”
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has promised her assistance for the region and conveyed her condolences.
“I am heartbroken for those who have perished in this tragedy,” she stated.
“We don’t know the exact number yet, but it will be a large amount.”
In Belgium, the situation is deteriorating as well, with 11 deaths so far.
Flood footage from Verviers, in eastern Belgium, not far from the German border. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”