Heavy rains across Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Belgium have caused massive floods to sweep away land, homes, and cars. At this time, the number of those who have died as a result of the disaster is over 100, and more than 1,500 people are still missing.
Riverbanks in these regions were overwhelmed to bursting due to a particularly heavy rainy season, causing massive floods. As valleys were pounded with two months worth of rainfall in just days, streets turned to rushing rivers, turning over vehicles, sweeping away land, and causing homes to collapse.
There is hope that those who are unaccounted for are simply unable to communicate with their loved ones due to the cell phone service and internet being knocked out in some of these areas. Still, as search and rescue efforts continue, the number of dead is expected to increase.
German Chancellor Angela Markel fears that the country “will only see the full extent of the disaster in the coming days.”
Germany and Belgium are the only countries that have reported fatalities so far, though the damage in the other affected countries is great.
Over 1,000 people have been evacuated already, and more evacuations are likely. Video footage shows residents sitting atop their homes awaiting rescue, while others wade through the flooded streets carrying backpacks, pets, and small children. Military rescue teams have been deployed to aid in search and rescue efforts, using inflatable boats and airlifts to rescue people who have been stranded.
Officials believe that catastrophes like this flood will become more commonplace as the world begins to feel the effects of climate change.
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