In Germany, where the death toll is now standing above 100, Chancellor Angela Merkel called on the battle determined to fight climate change. At least 20 people have died in Belgium. The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland were also affected. Many factors contribute to flooding, but the atmosphere of heating caused by climate change makes extreme rainfall more likely.
The world has been warmed by around 1.2C because the industrial era begins and the temperature will continue to increase unless the government throughout the world makes steep cuts on emissions. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo stated July 20 national day mourning. “We are still waiting for the last toll, but this can be the biggest flood that we have seen our country,” he said.
We met an older man who tried to get into the village, which was all destroyed. His grandchildren were there, he said, but he couldn’t get their parents. Even the authorities say they don’t know for sure how many people are missing. There is no telephone signal in most areas, making communication all but it is impossible. But the death toll is expected to rise today. And with every hour that passes through, the amount of this disaster becomes more apparent.
Along the AHR River, some houses are flooded, broken bridges, the remnants of a campsite and a caravan park. For many confused people, we meet surveying damage here. It is almost impossible to imagine cleaning and starting again.
About 15,000 police, army and emergency workers have been deployed in Germany to help search and rescue. The entire village has been destroyed, and officials in West Germany’s Ahrweiler district say up to 1,300 people are countless. Gregor Jericho, a resident of Rheinbach in North Rhine-Westphalia, told BBC: “This is a tragic scene. The road, bridge and some buildings are destroyed. There is garbage everywhere.
“The building section is on the road, people sit and cry. It’s sad. People have lost their homes, their cars are in the flood field. My city looks like a battle has happened.” In the same city, Ansgar Rehbein told Reuters that he saw the river water surface up so fast, so he had to get out of his house immediately.
“Once the river began to overflow and water down from the hillside, it was a problem two minutes before the page was flooded with high water,” he told the news agency.
“We have to come out through the window and uphill to save themselves.” In Belgium, the dramatic record of the flood showed the car was swept away along the road in the city of Verviers. The curfew was in place last night because of the risk of looting.
Liège residents, Belgium’s third-largest urban area after Brussels and Antwerp, were ordered to evacuate on Thursday. Local officials say those who cannot go must move to the upper floors of their building. The Meuse River, which flows through the city, is stable on Friday morning, with small overflowing in some areas.