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« on: July 14, 2021, 09:51:06 PM »

Parts of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands are currently experiencing major nuisance from water. Heavy rainfall and rivers that (threaten to) overflow.

Edit: it seems to be in Central and Western Europe. Not only the 3 above mentioned countries
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2021, 09:53:46 PM »

https://www.washingtonpos...5-4fd6382c47cb_story.html

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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2021, 09:59:43 PM »

https://www.euronews.com/...s-switzerland-and-germany
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2021, 10:02:33 PM »

https://www.dutchnews.nl/...mes-and-roads-in-limburg/
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2021, 12:25:29 AM »

Too bad they can’t ship it to the American west and Canada. Shellfish are literally boiling in receding seas.


https://www.cnn.com/2021/...eaths-trnd-scn/index.html


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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2021, 12:28:32 AM »

Too bad they can’t ship it to the American west and Canada. Shellfish are literally boiling in receding seas.


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The weather worldwide is going crazy these days!
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2021, 03:09:00 PM »

King Willem-Alexander wishes residents of Limburg strength

King Willem-Alexander called acting governor Remkes van Limburg. In that conversation, he expressed his support and wished the inhabitants of the province "with the difficult circumstances in which they find themselves due to the major flooding as a result of the heavy rainfall in recent days". This is reported by the Government Information Service.

During the conversation, Remkes informed de Koning about the current situation, the damage and the expectations for the coming days. It is not clear whether the king plans to travel to the province. Today State Secretary Van Veldhoven will visit the province.




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King Filip is going to Chaudfontaine this afternoon


The king will visit the badly affected municipality of Chaudfontaine in the province of Liège together with Minister of the Interior Annelies Verlinden (CD&V). The palace reports that.
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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2021, 03:19:27 PM »

In Pepinster, a community near Liége / Luik:


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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2021, 03:23:49 PM »

https://www.nytimes.com/2...tzerland-netherlands.html

Flooding Kills at Least 22 in Western Europe

Strong rains caused rivers to burst their banks and overloaded sewage systems, sending water surging through towns in Germany. In Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland, water inundated streets and flooded homes.

A partly flooded house in Erdorf, Germany, on Thursday


BERLIN — Severe flooding overnight in western Germany and Belgium has killed at least 22 people, with dozens of others missing and still more stranded on rooftops as severe storms inundated towns and cities across a swath of Western Europe.

Swift-moving water from swollen rivers surged through cities and villages in three western German states, leading to the deaths of at least 20 people, the authorities there said on Thursday. In Belgium, at least two people were killed in severe flooding, and the military was sent to assist with recovery efforts. The storms also battered neighboring Switzerland and the Netherlands.

“We have no exact numbers of dead, but can say that we have many people who have become victims of this flood,” Armin Laschet, North Rhine-Westphalia’s governor — who is running to replace Angela Merkel as Germany’s chancellor in national elections on Sept. 26 — told reporters on Thursday.

“Many people lost everything that they own after the mud flowed into their homes,” said Mr. Laschet, who cut short a campaign stop in Bavaria to visit Hagen, one of the hardest-hit areas in the state.

The flooding in the German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia was some of the worst in decades, after several days of steady rain. Parts of the highway were closed because of the flooding, and Germany’s main rail provider, Deutsche Bahn, urged travelers to cancel all trips in the affected region.

“It is a catastrophe,” said Malu Dryer, Rhineland-Palatinate’s governor. “We have dead, missing and many who are still in danger.”

The authorities in the district of Euskirchen, south of Düsseldorf, said that at least eight people were known to have died in the area. Many others were still being rescued, although some villages remained unreachable.

Ms. Merkel, who is visiting Washington, expressed shock at the loss of life and the extent of the damage caused by the storms. “My sympathies go out to the families of the dead and missing,” the chancellor said via her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, on Thursday.

Jürgen Pföhler, the district commissioner of the state’s Aberweiler region, described the situation as “very serious.” He urged residents to stay in their homes and make their way to higher levels if possible while awaiting help.

Hundreds of firefighters worked through the night to evacuate people who had been left stranded. Two died while trying to rescue people in Altena, in North Rhine-Westphalia, the police said.

Firefighters moving sandbags against rising river water in the Düsseldorf area of Germany on Wednesday


“The water is still flowing knee-high through the streets, parked cars are thrown sideways, and trash and debris are piling up on the sides,” Alexander Bange, the district spokesman in the Märkische region of North Rhine-Westphalia, told the German news agency D.P.A.

“It is really very depressing here,” he said, adding, “The only good thing is that it stopped raining last night.”

Six homes in the town of Schuld in the Eifel region collapsed after hours of strong rain strained sewer systems and caused rivers and streams to burst their banks, the authorities said. Several other homes were evacuated over fears that they might collapse, and the police received calls that dozens of people were missing.

Images from Rhineland-Palatinate showed villages submerged in murky brown water. Dozens of communities were left without power, while some villages were cut off entirely, the police said. Cellphone networks were also down.

Bad Neuenahr ist vollständig unter Wasser.

Die schlimmsten Befürchtungen sind eingetroffen. Das gesamte #Ahrtal überflutet. #Ahrweiler, #BadNeuenahr, #Mayschoß u. a. überschwemmt. Kein Strom, kein Empfang. Hier ein Blick auf #Dernau.

The authorities urged residents to upload photos and videos of the storm to help efforts to find the people reported as missing.

In the city of Wuppertal, sirens sounded just after midnight to warn people living near the Wupper river to evacuate. Much of the city remained closed early Thursday as hundreds of firefighters worked to rescue stranded people.

Neighboring Belgium and the Netherlands also experienced significant flooding as the weather system made its way across the region. In Belgium, at least two people were reported to have died in Liège Province as a result of the flooding, according to Belgian’s public broadcaster, RTBF. The Belgian Defense Force said it had deployed helicopters and personnel to assist the local authorities in rescue and recovery efforts.

In the Netherlands, soldiers were deployed to help with evacuations in Limburg Province, where at least one nursing home had to be cleared, according to the Dutch news outlet NU.nl.

Intense rain in Switzerland led the country’s weather service to warn on Thursday that flooding would worsen in the coming days. It said there was a high risk of flooding on Lake Biel, Lake Thun and Lake Lucerne, and noted the potential for landslides.


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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2021, 04:00:59 PM »

https://www.euronews.com/...ds-in-germany-and-belgium




More than 40 people have lost their lives amid flooding in Germany and Belgium following days of heavy rain.

Precipitation across western Europe has led to many rivers overflowing in Belgium, France Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

Merkel shocked by catastrophe
Authorities in the Euskirchen district, in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, said shortly after 14:30 CET on Thursday that 15 people are known to have died as a result of flooding in the area.

They said that not all the bodies had yet been retrieved.

In the morning, it had said that the situation in several locations was "very critical" with rescues underway. Communication, including internet and telephone connections, was restricted with the 112 emergency number "not reachable".

Police in Koblenz, in the western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, said on Thursday afternoon that the death toll in the area stood at 18.

It had said in the morning that "many people are reported missing" and that many of those unaccounted for had been on the roofs on houses that were washed away in the town of Schuld.

Dozens of people are still awaiting rescue on roofs, authorities said.

Destroyed houses are seen in Schuld, Germany, Thursday, July 15, 2021


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More than 40 people have lost their lives amid flooding in Germany and Belgium following days of heavy rain.

Precipitation across western Europe has led to many rivers overflowing in Belgium, France Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

Merkel shocked by catastrophe
Authorities in the Euskirchen district, in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, said shortly after 14:30 CET on Thursday that 15 people are known to have died as a result of flooding in the area.

They said that not all the bodies had yet been retrieved.

In the morning, it had said that the situation in several locations was "very critical" with rescues underway. Communication, including internet and telephone connections, was restricted with the 112 emergency number "not reachable".


Police in Koblenz, in the western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, said on Thursday afternoon that the death toll in the area stood at 18.

It had said in the morning that "many people are reported missing" and that many of those unaccounted for had been on the roofs on houses that were washed away in the town of Schuld.

Dozens of people are still awaiting rescue on roofs, authorities said.

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Destroyed houses are seen in Schuld, Germany, Thursday, July 15, 2021.AP Photo/Michael Probst
The German army deployed 200 soldiers to assist in the rescue operation.

These fatalities come after five deaths were reported on Wednesday, including an 82-year-old man who died in Wuppertal after falling in his flooded basement and a fireman who drowned in Altena during rescue work.

The governor of Rhineland-Palatinate state, Malu Dreyer, told the regional parliament on Thursday that "We have never seen such a disaster. It's really devastating."

Chancellor Angela Merkel, who landed in Washington on Wednesday for a meeting with US President Joe Biden, said in a statement that she was "shocked by the catastrophe that so many people in the flood areas have to endure."

"My sympathy goes out to the families of the dead and missing. My heartfelt thanks go to the many tireless helpers and emergency services," she added.

Belgium badly hit
Across the border, the governor of the Liege Province, Catherine Delcourt, said on Thursday morning that at least two people have lost their lives and that several others are missing.

Four bodies were also found Thursday in the eastern Belgian district of Verviers, the city's prosecutor has confirmed.

Residents in Chaudfontaine, on the banks of the river Vesdre, began to be evacuated on Wednesday afternoon. The operation was expected to involve up to 1,700 people, RTBF reported.

In addition, hundreds of scouts who were camping in Wallonia have had to be evacuated and rehoused since Tuesday night.

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More than 40 people have lost their lives amid flooding in Germany and Belgium following days of heavy rain.

Precipitation across western Europe has led to many rivers overflowing in Belgium, France Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

Merkel shocked by catastrophe
Authorities in the Euskirchen district, in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, said shortly after 14:30 CET on Thursday that 15 people are known to have died as a result of flooding in the area.

They said that not all the bodies had yet been retrieved.

In the morning, it had said that the situation in several locations was "very critical" with rescues underway. Communication, including internet and telephone connections, was restricted with the 112 emergency number "not reachable".


Police in Koblenz, in the western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, said on Thursday afternoon that the death toll in the area stood at 18.

It had said in the morning that "many people are reported missing" and that many of those unaccounted for had been on the roofs on houses that were washed away in the town of Schuld.

Dozens of people are still awaiting rescue on roofs, authorities said.

AP Photo/Michael Probst
Destroyed houses are seen in Schuld, Germany, Thursday, July 15, 2021.AP Photo/Michael Probst
The German army deployed 200 soldiers to assist in the rescue operation.

These fatalities come after five deaths were reported on Wednesday, including an 82-year-old man who died in Wuppertal after falling in his flooded basement and a fireman who drowned in Altena during rescue work.

The governor of Rhineland-Palatinate state, Malu Dreyer, told the regional parliament on Thursday that "We have never seen such a disaster. It's really devastating."

Chancellor Angela Merkel, who landed in Washington on Wednesday for a meeting with US President Joe Biden, said in a statement that she was "shocked by the catastrophe that so many people in the flood areas have to endure."

"My sympathy goes out to the families of the dead and missing. My heartfelt thanks go to the many tireless helpers and emergency services," she added.

Belgium badly hit
Across the border, the governor of the Liege Province, Catherine Delcourt, said on Thursday morning that at least two people have lost their lives and that several others are missing.

Heavy rainfall in Liège causes flash floods after river bursts banks
Thunderstorms bring heavy rainfall and flooding to central Europe
Four bodies were also found Thursday in the eastern Belgian district of Verviers, the city's prosecutor has confirmed.

Residents in Chaudfontaine, on the banks of the river Vesdre, began to be evacuated on Wednesday afternoon. The operation was expected to involve up to 1,700 people, RTBF reported.

In addition, hundreds of scouts who were camping in Wallonia have had to be evacuated and rehoused since Tuesday night.


"We are evacuating the scout camps one after the other," Corine Mullens, the mayor of Rochefort (south), a tourist town where several rivers meet, told RTL-TVI.

A total of 120 camps are affected and either have to be evacuated or postpone their trips because of the weather, Gilles Beckers, spokesman for the Scouts of Belgium, told the 24-hour news channel LN24.

The French government said that 40 rescuers from its Civil Security Training and Intervention Unit, as well as a helicopter with two water rescue specialists on board, were on their way to Belgium to help. They are being deployed as part of the European Union's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid.

Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning that the bloc "is ready to help" and that countries impacted by the floods can call on the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

"My thoughts are with the families of the victims of the devastating floods in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands and with those who have lost their homes."

Italy and Austria have also offered flood rescue teams to Belgium, the Commission said, while the EU's Copernicus emergency satellite mapping is providing assessment maps of the affected areas.

People put up barriers and lay sandbags to protect their shops from flood waters in the centre of Spa, Belgium, July 14, 2021.


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More than 40 people have lost their lives amid flooding in Germany and Belgium following days of heavy rain.

Precipitation across western Europe has led to many rivers overflowing in Belgium, France Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

Merkel shocked by catastrophe
Authorities in the Euskirchen district, in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, said shortly after 14:30 CET on Thursday that 15 people are known to have died as a result of flooding in the area.

They said that not all the bodies had yet been retrieved.

In the morning, it had said that the situation in several locations was "very critical" with rescues underway. Communication, including internet and telephone connections, was restricted with the 112 emergency number "not reachable".


Police in Koblenz, in the western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, said on Thursday afternoon that the death toll in the area stood at 18.

It had said in the morning that "many people are reported missing" and that many of those unaccounted for had been on the roofs on houses that were washed away in the town of Schuld.

Dozens of people are still awaiting rescue on roofs, authorities said.

AP Photo/Michael Probst
Destroyed houses are seen in Schuld, Germany, Thursday, July 15, 2021.AP Photo/Michael Probst
The German army deployed 200 soldiers to assist in the rescue operation.

These fatalities come after five deaths were reported on Wednesday, including an 82-year-old man who died in Wuppertal after falling in his flooded basement and a fireman who drowned in Altena during rescue work.

The governor of Rhineland-Palatinate state, Malu Dreyer, told the regional parliament on Thursday that "We have never seen such a disaster. It's really devastating."

Chancellor Angela Merkel, who landed in Washington on Wednesday for a meeting with US President Joe Biden, said in a statement that she was "shocked by the catastrophe that so many people in the flood areas have to endure."

"My sympathy goes out to the families of the dead and missing. My heartfelt thanks go to the many tireless helpers and emergency services," she added.

Belgium badly hit
Across the border, the governor of the Liege Province, Catherine Delcourt, said on Thursday morning that at least two people have lost their lives and that several others are missing.

Heavy rainfall in Liège causes flash floods after river bursts banks
Thunderstorms bring heavy rainfall and flooding to central Europe
Four bodies were also found Thursday in the eastern Belgian district of Verviers, the city's prosecutor has confirmed.

Residents in Chaudfontaine, on the banks of the river Vesdre, began to be evacuated on Wednesday afternoon. The operation was expected to involve up to 1,700 people, RTBF reported.

In addition, hundreds of scouts who were camping in Wallonia have had to be evacuated and rehoused since Tuesday night.


"We are evacuating the scout camps one after the other," Corine Mullens, the mayor of Rochefort (south), a tourist town where several rivers meet, told RTL-TVI.

A total of 120 camps are affected and either have to be evacuated or postpone their trips because of the weather, Gilles Beckers, spokesman for the Scouts of Belgium, told the 24-hour news channel LN24.

The French government said that 40 rescuers from its Civil Security Training and Intervention Unit, as well as a helicopter with two water rescue specialists on board, were on their way to Belgium to help. They are being deployed as part of the European Union's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid.


Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning that the bloc "is ready to help" and that countries impacted by the floods can call on the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

"My thoughts are with the families of the victims of the devastating floods in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands and with those who have lost their homes."


Italy and Austria have also offered flood rescue teams to Belgium, the Commission said, while the EU's Copernicus emergency satellite mapping is providing assessment maps of the affected areas.

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People put up barriers and lay sandbags to protect their shops from flood waters in the centre of Spa, Belgium, July 14, 2021.AP Photo/Valentin Bianchi
Flood risk in north-east France
France is also being battered by heavy rainfalls with 11 north-eastern départements still under amber warning on Thursday morning due to the risk of floodings.

MeteoFrance said that up to 90 mm of rain could fall over these areas on Thursday, which represents three weeks to a month of rain. It stressed that up to 70mm of rain have already fallen in large swathes of the northeast since Tuesday and that "the soils are already saturated with water and mudflows possible in sloping areas."

Dutch evacuations
Authorities in the southern Dutch town of Valkenburg, close to the German and Belgian borders, evacuated a care home and a hospice overnight amid flooding that turned the tourist town’s main street into a river, Dutch media reported.

The Dutch government sent some 70 troops to the southern province of Limburg late Wednesday to help with tasks including transporting evacuees and filling sandbags as rivers burst their banks. There were no reports of injuries linked to flooding in the Netherlands.

Swiss lakes at risk of flooding
In Switzerland, the heavy rainfalls have saturated the soil and caused landslides and mudslides.

Authorities in Geneva recommend not to walk along rivers and not to go down the Rhône due to high flow conditions. The level of Lake Geneva is also of concern to the authorities.

The risk of flooding was high on the shores of Lake Zurich and the Limmat River and authorities have also urged people not to go to forests for safety reasons after violent storms and gusts of winds exceeding 100 km/h feel trees.

Lake Lucerne, in central Switzerland, also poses a very high risk of flooding, warned MeteoSchweiz, while the lakes of Thun, Biel, the Upper Rhine and the Reuss River are at high risk.

Several mountain passes and tunnels have been closed, and rail traffic has been disrupted in several parts of the country, according to the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB).
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« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2021, 04:06:47 PM »

https://www.accuweather.c...ermany-netherlands/981354

Drenching storms produce damaging flooding across Europe

A sluggish storm system meandering over western and central Europe this week produced deadly and disastrous flooding across the region -- and AccuWeather meteorologists warn this storm isn't done bringing wet weather.

Some of the worst flooding has occurred in Germany, where at least 42 people have been killed, AFP reported. Rising floodwaters from raging rivers reportedly caused several houses to collapse, AFP reported.

"We have never seen such a catastrophe, it is truly devastating," Malu Dreyer, the premiere of the southwestern German state of Rhineland-Palatinate told lawmakers, according to AFP.

A disaster alert was issued in Germany's Hof County, located near the Czech border, as the heavy rainfall flooded basements, uprooted trees and cut power across the area. Rainfall totals of 3.34 inches (85 mm) over 12 hours were reported. This area also received around 3.50 inches (89 mm) on July 9.

The flooding was not limited to eastern Germany with several areas in western Germany reporting flooding after another round of rain and thunderstorms on Tuesday.



In Hagen (Germany), firefighters were called to rescue several drivers that became stranded as floodwaters rose in low-lying areas, the AP reported.

Videos on social media showed water rushing through the streets, while photos revealed floodwaters reaching as high as the hoods of cars in some areas early Wednesday.

In the nearby town of Erkrath, residents were warned to not shower or use washing machines after the rain overloaded the sewage system, the AP stated.

Flooding was also reported in the A44 tunnel that runs through Dusseldorf just south of the airport with a report of 1.89 inches (48 mm) of rain reported in the area in about 12 hours.

Several rivers and streams were bursting their banks in the Netherlands and Belgium due to heavy rainfall. Residents across the region were warned to stay away from these bodies of water.

Dutch media showed people being rescued from a historic mill that was partially submerged in floodwaters estimated to be about 5 feet (1.5 m) deep, The Associated Press reported.

With rounds of rain and thunderstorms in recent days, some cities across western and central Europe are already reporting higher-than-normal rainfall for the month of July.

In Cologne, Germany, a total of 3.52 inches (89.4 mm) of rainfall has been reported so far this month. The city typically receives 2.65 inches (67.3 mm) throughout July.

Paris has already measured 4.58 inches (116.3 mm) of rain with 2.64 inches (67.0 mm) falling on July 13 alone. This daily total falls just below what the French capital reports during July (2.93 inches/74.4 mm).
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« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2021, 04:08:41 PM »

Horrible! no other word fits..
And mind you several of the places are not prone to flooding.
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« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2021, 04:10:01 PM »

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57850504

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« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2021, 04:11:36 PM »

Horrible! no other word fits..
And mind you several of the places are not prone to flooding.

Yes, indeed.

In 1993 and 1995 there was the last known (more serious) flooding of the Dutch Province of Limburg. But it is expected water will get higher and so then in those 2 years.
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« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2021, 04:17:22 PM »

https://apnews.com/articl...899e1a75929f8de9e3df07874

More than 30 dead, dozens missing in heavy Europe floods




BERLIN (AP) — More than 30 people have died and dozens of people were missing Thursday in Germany and neighboring Belgium after heavy flooding turned streams and streets into raging torrents, sweeping away cars and causing buildings to collapse.

Storms across parts of western Europe in recent days caused rivers and reservoirs to burst their banks, resulting in several flash floods overnight as rain-soaked soil failed to absorb any more water.

Authorities in the western German region of Euskirchen said eight deaths had been reported there in connection with the floods. Rescue operations were hampered by the fact that phone and internet connections were down in parts of the county, which is southwest of Cologne.

Officials said 18 people had died in Ahrweiler county, south of Euskirchen. Up to 70 people were reported missing after several houses collapsed overnight in the village of Schuld in the Eifel, a volcanic region of rolling hills and small valleys southwest of Cologne.

Dozens more were trapped on the roofs of their houses awaiting rescue. Authorities used inflatable boats and helicopters, and the German army deployed 200 soldiers to assist in the rescue operation.

“There are people dead, there are people missing, there are many who are still in danger,” the governor of Rhineland-Palatinate state, Malu Dreyer, told the regional parliament. “We have never seen such a disaster. It’s really devastating.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was distraught by the news of the floods. “My sympathy goes to the relatives and of the dead and missing,” she said during a trip to Washington.

Across the border in Belgium, the Vesdre river broke its banks and sent masses of water churning through the streets of Pepinster, close to Liege, its destructive power bringing down some buildings.

“Several homes have collapsed,” mayor Philippe Godin told RTBF network. It was unclear whether all inhabitants had been able to escape unhurt.

Several Belgian media reported that four people died in eastern Verviers. No independent confirmation was immediately available.

Major highways were inundated in the south and east of Belgium, and the railway service said all traffic was stopped.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pledged to help those affected.

“My thoughts are with the families of the victims of the devastating floods in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands and those who have lost their homes,” she tweeted. “The EU is ready to help.”

The full extent of the damage across the region was still unclear after many villages were cut off by floodwater and landslides that made roads impassable. Videos posted on social media showed cars floating down streets and houses partly collapsed in some places.

Many of the dead were only discovered after floodwaters began to recede again. Police said four people died in separate incidents after their basements were flooded in Cologne, Kamen and Wuppertal, where authorities warned that a dam threatened to burst.

Authorities in the Rhine-Sieg county south of Cologne ordered the evacuation of several villages below the Steinbachtal reservoir amid fears the dam there could also break.

Two firefighters died during rescue operations in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state.

Governor Armin Laschet paid tribute to them and pledged swift help for those individuals and businesses affected by the floods.

“We don’t know the extent of the damage yet, but we won’t leave the communities, the people affected alone,” he said during a visit the flood-hit city of Hagen.

Laschet, a conservative who is running to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor in this fall’s German election, said the unusually heavy storms and preceding heatwave could be linked to climate change.

Political opponents have criticized Laschet, the son of a miner, for supporting the region’s coal mining industry and hampering the expansion of wind power plants during his time in office.

German weather service DWD predicted the rainfall would ease Thursday, though there might still be localized storms and water levels on the Mosel and Rhine rivers would continue to rise in the coming hours.

Authorities in the southern Dutch town of Valkenburg, close to the German and Belgian borders, evacuated a care home and a hospice overnight amid flooding that turned the tourist town’s main street into a river, Dutch media reported.

The Dutch government sent some 70 troops to the southern province of Limburg late Wednesday to help with transporting evacuees and filling sandbags as rivers burst their banks.

A section of one of the Netherlands’ busiest highways was closed due to rising floodwaters threatening to inundate the road and Dutch media showed a group of holidaymakers being rescued from a hotel window with the help of an earth mover.

Unusually intense rains have also inundated a swath of northeast France this week, downing trees and forcing the closure of dozens of roads. A train route to Luxembourg was disrupted, and firefighters evacuated dozens of people from homes near the Luxembourg and German border and in the Marne region, according to local broadcaster France Bleu.

The equivalent of two months of rain has fallen on some areas in the last one or two days, according to the French national weather service. With the ground already saturated, the service forecast more downpours Thursday and issued flood warnings for 10 regions.

Meanwhile, high temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher were expected Thursday in parts of northern Europe.

The night between Wednesday and Thursday was the hottest in history, the Finnish weather service company Foreca said Thursday with the mercury reaching 24.2 Celsius degrees (75.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

Greta Thunberg, the climate activist, tweeted that the extreme weather of recent days should not be regarded as “the new normal.”

“We’re at the very beginning of a climate and ecological emergency, and extreme weather events will only become more and more frequent,” she wrote.
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