Flooding brought on by rains ‘not seen in 100 years’ hits Europe

A woman tries to move in a flooded street following heavy rains in Liege, Belgium A lady attempts to relocate a flooded street following heavy rains in Liege, Belgium

Torrential rain has actually triggered extreme floods in a number of western European nations, consisting of Germany where a minimum of 6 individuals have actually passed away– in addition to in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Two firemens are amongst the dead in Germany following flooding throughout western and southern parts of the nation, triggering structures to collapse. Dozens of individuals were left stranded on roofs.

“In some areas we have not seen this much rainfall in 100 years,” Andreas Friedrich, a German weather condition service (DWD spokesperson, informed CNN. He included that “in some locations we have actually seen more than double the quantity of rains which has actually triggered flooding and sadly some structure structures to collapse.”.
The areas of North-Rhine Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland were worst impacted, Friedrich included.

Across the border in Belgium, regional media reported a minimum of 2 deaths in flooding there however CNN has actually been not able to verify those reports.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated Thursday: “My thoughts are with the families of the victims of the devastating floods in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands and with those who have lost their homes.

“The EU is prepared to assist. Affected nations can get in touch with the EU Civil Protection Mechanism,” von der Leyen tweeted.

Germany’s armed force stated in a tweet Thursday that it has actually released workers to a few of the nation’s worst-affected locations.
In the western city of Koblenz, 4 individuals passed away and around 50 individuals were caught on the roofs of their houses waiting to be saved, authorities spokesperson Ulrich Sopart informed CNN.

Police stated 2 firemens passed away one in Sauerland, northeast of the city of Bonn, and the other in North-Rhine Westphalia, the nation’s most populated area.

A state of emergency situation was stated in Hagen a city of 180,000 in North-Rhine Westphalia after the Volme river burst its banks.

Shipping was suspended on the river Rhine, among Germany’s longest and crucial arteries of commercial transportation, according to NTV news.

Friedrich stated the rainstorms were brought on by cooler and warmer rains blending. “It came from France at the beginning of the week to Germany and has been sitting over Germany for the last 48 hours,” he stated.

“For now we predict the worst of the torrential rainfall is over, though more heavy rain is due in southwestern Germany on the upper reaches of the Rhine, [Thursday] and Friday,” the DWD spokesperson included.

Flooding brought on by rains 'not seen in 100 years' hits Europe