Europe is being hit by a series of historic floods caused by heavy rains, leaving more than 160 dead and hundreds missing so far. The worst affected areas are in northern Germany and Belgium. Rescuers are working in the region, and the death toll is expected to rise dramatically in the coming hours.
The death toll in the western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, one of the worst affected, rose to 98 over the last few hours. Another 43 people were also confirmed dead in the neighboring state of North Rhine-Westphalia, European media reported.
On the other hand, Belgium’s national crisis center estimated the country’s confirmed death toll so far at 24 and said it expects it to rise.
Days of heavy rain during the week turned normally minor rivers and streets into raging torrents causing disastrous floods that swept away cars, destroyed homes, and trapped residents, many of whom could not escape.
A Twitter user posted a compilation of shocking images where water can be seen destroying homes and carrying away cars like logs. In the post, the user writes:
“This did not happen in some desolate village in Asia, but in the heart of Europe where science, technology and money are abundant, and were totally unprepared for this unexpected deluge. What else is around the corner?”
In addition to the confirmed dead, authorities listed a large number of people as missing, something apparently caused in large part by confusion, multiple communication difficulties, and reports in the affected areas, some of which still lack electricity and phone service.
In certain regions, thousands of evacuees, such as in the Euskirchen region, near the city of Bonn, Germany, where at least 4,500 citizens were ordered to flee their homes after cracks began to appear in the dam holding back the nearby Steinbach reservoir.
In less than a week, it rained what usually falls in three months, which would have brought the dam near the city of Bonn to the brink of collapse. Engineers in the region warned that the dam was dangerously close to collapse after a large amount of water was released into the reservoir.
While the dam is designed to release excess water gradually, the drainage system was reportedly blocked by trees, debris, and garbage from the city, specialists reported. The tension was clearly visible on Friday when huge cracks appeared in the ground, reinforcing the front of the dam.
Those groups and politicians promoting the leftist climate agenda are taking advantage of this situation to spread unfounded certainties, such as these floods are not a natural disaster but are the exclusive product of climate change as if floods had never existed in history.
“This is not natural, it is a climate emergency. Companies and governments must take action to curb carbon emissions and stop putting profits over people and the planet,” Greenpeace wrote on Twitter on Friday.
Other European countries, such as France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, are also suffering from flood calamities.