How much rain did Germany receive? Weather maps reveal the full scope of the worst flood in living memory.
FLOODS have wreaked havoc on Germany and much of Western Europe, but how much rain did they receive?
Floods have wreaked havoc across Western Europe this week. Heavy rains caused devastating floods in parts of Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands between Tuesday and Thursday, prompting recovery efforts. At least 150 people have died as a result of the floods, with the majority of the dead reported in Germany, where the most severe rains occurred, but 20 deaths also reported in Belgium.
Hundreds of people are still missing in Germany, according to police, as floodwaters rise and power outages and landslides are reported across the country.
The death toll and property destruction have been severe. In Belgium and Germany, images from the devastated areas show entire villages submerged.
Buildings have crumbled, cars have sunk, and massive volumes of debris have washed through the impacted neighborhoods.
Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland have all been affected by the heavy rain.
The rains in Germany have wreaked havoc on Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia. Germany’s worst-affected states
According to the European Commission, the floods in Germany demonstrate the urgent need to address climate change.
The biggest amount of rainfall in living memory produced the epic floods.
Between July 12 and 15, more than 7.2 inches (182mm) of rain fell in just 72 hours, according to the German meteorological service Deutscher Wetterdienst.
The city of Cologne was one of the worst-affected areas in Germany, with Köln-Stammheim receiving 153mm of rain in a single day, six times the average worst rainfall days for that location in July.
According to the Deutscher Wetterdienst, two months’ worth of rain poured in just 24 hours in the worst-affected districts of Germany.
According to a map from Deutscher Wetterdienst, the floods were a once-in-a-100-year event, with a one percent chance of occurring in any given year.
Between Tuesday and Thursday, several parts of Western Germany experienced an incredible quantity of rain, ranging from five to seven inches, with locally greater quantities.
The heaviest rains fell on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
A disastrous quantity of rain fell in less than 12 hours, totaling more than a half-foot.
The floods were caused by an unique convergence of weather conditions that resulted in unusually heavy rainfall.
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