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Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in Germany and Belgium this afternoon, with at least 120 people dead and at least 1,000 missing.
Small roads, large roads and a few streams have become very strong streams that have washed away trees, houses and cars in the area.
One of the most affected is Schultz, a small town Almost completely destroyed.
Schultz, located about 50 km northwest of the Ahrwheiler and 50 km from the Belgian border, had a population of about 700, many of whom could not be.
However, according to local newspapers, about 50 people were evacuated with the help of helicopters.
The most famous structure in the city is the Roman Catholic Parish Church of St. Gertrude, which was rebuilt in the 1970s after being destroyed in an air strike on October 29, 1944 during World War II.
The regional governor has confirmed that Arville will pass through the district. “The greatest catastrophe since World War II“.
And rainwater has affected the structure of the church and many more.
The magnitude of the current catastrophe is not even comparable to the blows the country suffered in World War II.
As a reminder of the war, the German army is using armored vehicles to help clear the rubble.
In Schultz, flash floods tore up entire buildings and washed away cars, filling the streets with debris and dense layers of dirt.
Marilyn Wichman, 76, explained on the verge of tears that Schultz last experienced such catastrophic flooding in 1910. It was a shock to the community that it became part of the local folk tales.
“Everything is broken, it has been washed away, This is a disasterHe told the public broadcaster S.W.R. About the flood on Thursday.
“Our tennis courts were there, and Stani was there from his home in Poland,” he said, pointing to mud, decaying trees and debris.
A local government spokesman said many could not be reached because mobile networks were out of service.
In the neighboring city of Cincinnati, 12 of the 35 people living in a nursing home for the disabled died in the floodwaters. When they are asleep.
According to the German BBC Berlin correspondent Jenny Hill, the extent of the damage in the Ahr Valley, where Schultz, Cincinnati and many other affected populations are located, is clear.
“We met an old man who was trying to enter an almost destroyed village. He told us he had his grandchildren (with him), but Couldn’t find parents“.
Local officials said they did not know how many people were missing.
According to Hill, the death toll is expected to continue to rise. “With each passing hour, the scale of this catastrophe becomes more and more apparent,” he adds.
Draga Button view of the German city of Bad Nieuhner-Ahrweiler before and after the flood
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Across the Ahr River, which runs through the town of Schultz, there are flooded houses, broken bridges, as well as many remains of camp sites and merchants.
“We will see the scale of the disaster in the next few days.”
“For the many distractions we encounter while inspecting the damage here, I can’t imagine they have to clean everything up. To start again“, The journalist exemplifies.
Following the shocking news, President Angela Merkel has called for a war on climate change.
“I’m afraid we’ll only see the scale of the disaster in the next few days,” Merkel estimated from Washington on Thursday night, describing one day. Fear, Frustration, the Suffering“.
During a meeting with US President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C., Merkel expressed her “deepest condolences” and pledged government support for the rescue efforts.
The interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia said he could not provide a clear number of victims and that many had “lost everything”.
For his part, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for action on climate change.
“Climate change can only be tackled if it is dealt with decisively. Extreme weather As we enjoy it now, “he explained.
About 15,000 police, soldiers and emergency workers have been sent to Germany to assist in the search and rescue, while helicopters have been deployed to pick up residents trapped on the roofs.
A team of tanks has been used to destroy the roads Fallen trees and debris.
Chronicle of the announced disaster
Roger Harabin, BBC Environment Reporter
Scientists have blamed politicians for failing to protect their citizens from extreme weather events such as the floods in northern Europe and the “hot dome” in the United States.
They have been predicting for years that summer rains and heat waves will intensify due to man-induced climate change.
Hannah Clock, professor of hydrology at the University of Reading, said: “The deaths and catastrophes in Europe as a result of the floods are a tragedy to be avoided.”
“Meteorologists issued warnings earlier in the week, yet The warnings were not taken adequately Arrangements are not adequate.
“The fact that other parts of the Northern Hemisphere are experiencing unprecedented heat waves and fires is a reminder of how dangerous our climate is in an increasingly hot world.”
Scientists say governments should be committed to reducing CO2 emissions that trigger extreme events.
However, in Britain, which was hit hard by floods on Monday, the government’s climate change advisory council recently told ministers it was a nation. Even worse for extreme weather Five years ago.
He pointed out that only one-fifth of the government’s promises to reduce emissions were being fulfilled.
Just this week, the UK government told people there was no need to cut flights because technology would solve the emissions problem, which most experts consider a dangerous gamble.
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