LIVE FLOODING IN GERMANY: More than 150 people have died and 1,300 have gone missing as a landslide adds to the devastation.
EXTREME FLOODS have killed at least 150 people in Germany and Western Europe, with more than 1,300 still missing.
Major rivers in west Germany have burst their banks as a result of record rainfall in western Europe, culminating in the worst floods in decades.
The unusual weather has also impacted Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. In Belgium, a total of 20 deaths have been officially recorded, with the number anticipated to climb.
“There was nothing that could be broken – it was that bad that we couldn’t aid anyone.”
Frank Thel, a resident of one of the worst-affected regions, stated, “People were waving out of their windows.”
As water levels rise, an estimated 114,000 households in the region are without power, and the village of Schuld is believed to be almost fully devastated.
A landslide in the town of Blessem, near Cologne, killed several more people as the ground crumbled into an adjacent gravel pit.
“My empathy and my heart go out to all of those who lost loved ones in this calamity, or who are still worried about the fate of individuals who are still missing,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
“I worry we will only see the full scope of this tragedy in the coming days,” she said from Washington, where she is meeting with President Joe Biden.
Mrs Merkel stated that she was in contact with the finance minister to prepare long-term assistance for people impacted, but that the immediate priority was rescue and reaction.
After nearly 26 years as Chancellor, Mrs Merkel will step down in October.
Her prospective successor, Armin Laschet, the afflicted area’s premier, has blamed the catastrophe on the climate issue.
Climate change, according to European Commission President Ursula vonderLayen, is to blame for the floods.
At least 150 people have died as a result of the unprecedented floods in Western Europe, and the number is anticipated to grow.
Hundreds of people are still missing after the worst flooding in decades, according to emergency workers.
We’ve just issued commands to both @CopernicusEU #Sentinel1 satellites to collect more data on #Flooding in Europe over the weekend.
@copernicusEMS is already using data from the Sentinel-1 missions to offer #RapidMapping of the flood extent to teams on the ground pic.twitter.com/bTyygKFC1v
Flood forecaster Linda Speight. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”