Hundreds of people have died and many have gone missing in floods in Germany, Belgium, China and India, while the United States is on fire. Heavy rains leading to flooding and rapidly spreading wildfires indicate a more serious climate crisis.
Due to floods and fires occurring in different parts of the world, many people around the world are reporting the deterioration of the health of our climate.
European floods that have hit Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands over the past few weeks began with heavy storms and heavy rains that have caused rivers and streams to flood cities along the Ahr River in Germany.
The devastating floods reportedly killed more than 200 people and went missing hundreds. Reuters…
Volunteers and firefighters are cleaning up debris in Germany’s worst-hit regions – Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia – heavy rainfall is expected in the coming days.
Germany’s official weather news service DWD, speaking with German media center Der Spiegel, said there was a likelihood of heavy rains and thunderstorms, although the weather situation is different from the weather conditions during floods.
As houses, railways, communications and roads were washed away by the flood, the German government provided an initial assistance of 200 million euros. According to Reuters, the government has also pledged to fund infrastructure rehabilitation.
Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has pledged that the federal and state governments will jointly provide 400 million euros. According to him, the funds from the fund will be paid quickly, so that construction work will begin in the near future.
Bund und Länder stellen gemeinsam € 400 million #Soforthilfe für die #Hohwasser-Regionen zur Verfügung. Schnell und unbürokratisch. Wir tun zügig das, was erforderlich ist – darauf können sich alle verlassen. Damit sofort mit dem Aufbau begonnen werden kann. pic.twitter.com/mNnhDKgMiU
– Olaf Scholz (@OlafScholz) Jul 21, 2021
Meanwhile, during the flood, citizens were unhappy with the government’s response to the emergency.
“Two-thirds of Germans believe that federal and regional politicians should have done more to protect communities from flooding, according to a survey conducted by the INSA Institute for the German newspaper Bild for mass circulation,” it said. Reuters…
Forest fires in the USA
A raging wildfire is spreading across the western territories of the United States and Canada. According to the National Inter-Agency Fire Center (NIFC), 1,448,053 acres have been burned in 79 major fires across the United States.
As mentioned on the NIFC website, there are 17 active fires, the highest in Montana, followed by Idaho (16), California (8), and Oregon (7). The website mentioned that three wildfires were contained.
Forest officials told Reuters that the Oregon wildfire, one of the largest active fires, was caused by lightning.
Smoke from active wildfires spread even to New York, bringing the city’s air quality index to 103 on Friday, which is considered harmful to vulnerable groups.
According to a study by the US Congressional Research Service, there were a total of 59,000 wildfires in the United States, and as of July 15, the country has suffered more than 39,000 wildfires.
According to Reuters“At least 67 homes were destroyed and another 3,400 were listed as endangered, with about 2,100 ordered to evacuate or be ready to flee at any moment.”
Floods hit China’s Henan province after heavy rains, which also caused landslides in various parts of the region.
A total of 1.24 million people were affected by the floods and about 160,000 people were evacuated, according to state media reports. The flood killed at least 51 people and went missing.
Heavy rains also led to the flooding of the dams. China blew up one of its dams in Luoyang, one of the country’s most populous cities.
As reported ReutersZhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, “has been hit by extremely wet weather this week, with several days of rain equivalent to the equivalent of a year’s rain.”
President Xi Jinping dispatched 5,700 People’s Liberation Army soldiers to a city located almost 650 kilometers southwest of Beijing for search and rescue operations.
Floods in India
As heavy rains continue over Maharashtra, they have caused floods, landslides and large casualties in the state.
At least 42 people died in rain in Maharashtra, 36 of whom were killed in a landslide in the Raigad coastal region, news agency PTI reported.
NDRF DG SN Prasad tweeted that 72-76 people are feared to have been trapped in a landslide in Vil Talie.
It rains heavily in Maharashtra throughout July.
Following the extremely heavy rain, Maharashtra CM’s office Uddhava Tekri tweeted Thursday, “Indian Navy and Indian Army units have joined rescue and relief efforts in Ratnagiri and Raigad districts.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi also assured the state of support for the Center.
Meanwhile, India’s Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a notice of very heavy rainfall in Maharashtra over the next 24 hours.