MONITORING DESK: The worst rains and floods in decades have wreaked havoc in Western Europe. Heavy rains and floods have killed at least 80 people and left hundreds missing in Germany.
At least 11 people have been killed in Belgium in torrential rains and floods. The current floods in Germany are being described as the worst since World War II, while rescue agencies are searching for the missing.
Affected residents were forced to take shelter on the roofs of their homes to escape the rains and floodwaters.
Record rainfall in Western Europe has wreaked havoc on rivers and erosion, with political leaders blaming climate change.
On the other hand, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, while announcing full support to the flood victims, said that I am afraid that in the coming days we will see only the full extent of the disaster.
The Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin LaSchitt, told the media during a visit to the flood-hit area that due to climate change, we will face such incidents again and again.
“This means that we need to step up and improve climate change measures because climate change is not limited to one state,” he said.
Experts say that the number of severe weather events will increase in the coming time due to climate change.
According to the BBC, the German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia were most affected by the floods.
Germany’s neighbors Luxembourg and the Netherlands are also affected by the storm and uuexpected heavy rains .