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Lightning floods, death toll rises to 180 in Germany; Is it due to climate change?

by archyw

Berlin, First Published Jul 18, 2021 12:13 PM IST

In the last one month, countries like Germany and Belgium in Europe have been in a state of rage, rage and rage. If these countries were hit by rising temperatures weeks ago, now the problem is heavy rains and floods. More than 180 deaths have already been reported in Germany and Belgium.

Hundreds of people are reported missing. The rivers are overflowing. The administration is reportedly worried about relief efforts as heavy rains continue. Germany, meanwhile, has the highest death toll at 150, followed by Belgium at 30. Between July 14 and 15, Germany received between 100 mm and 150 mm of rain. It rained for two days in Germany in two months. AFP reports, citing weather observers, that the cold weather in the highlands caused large bands of rain clouds to form.

Although Europe has experienced floods in the past, German scientist Ske Schrട്ടർter says the July floods will need to be examined more closely, given the amount of water that caused the floods and the damage they caused. At the same time, the rising death toll from the floods is being discussed in Germany. According to a BBC report, the flood warning was issued by the European Flood Awareness System.

The advisor to this system is Prof. According to the Hanah Clock, the possibility of a very large flood had been warned earlier. The warning was issued to national meteorological agencies. But problems with communication and local preparations from there may have exacerbated the flood disaster. It is a locally formed weather warning system in various parts of Germany. So the lack of centralized warnings can cause problems locally. At the same time, the German media has criticized the delay in flood preparations in the flood – hit German states of Rihaniolan and Palatinate.

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At the same time, it is reported that the people of Germany have not experienced such a severe weather disaster in recent times, adding to the impact of the disaster. It is reported that small rivers often overflow and cause great damage. People living on the banks of such rivers were most affected by the floods. Such rivers generally do not have flood defenses, and in the event of an unpredictable flood, they overflow their shores and cause disaster. The impact of the unpredictable floods was exacerbated by the fact that no such torrential rains had hit the affected areas.

Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least two places. Therefore, the delay in evacuating people from here has led to an increase in the death toll. Many deaths are caused by the neglect of two things that are often given as emergency warnings. First and foremost, never seek refuge in the basement of the house and disconnect the electrical connection in the house. Authorities say ignoring these two warnings could have resulted in the loss of many lives.

At the same time, the debate over whether the flash floods in Germany are part of global climate change is gaining momentum. German Interior Minister Horst Seehorfer described the floods as “the impact of climate change.” He added that the country must be prepared to face such challenges in the future.

But experts are reacting negatively to linking flooding with global climate change rather than a detailed study. According to the German scientist Schke Schrter, such events need to be taken more seriously. He does not rule out the possibility that global warming and climate change could contribute to such developments.

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Photo Story: Floods in West Germany due to heavy rains; 70 dead, about 1300 missing

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Last Updated Jul 18, 2021 12:20 PM IST

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