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2021 European floods

2021 European floods
Donau bei Hochwasser, Beuron im Landkreis Sigmaringen.jpg
Bern Hochwasser Juli 2021 02.jpg
Vierwaldstättersee-Hochwasser beim Rachmaninov-Quai, Weggis-Hertenstein LU 20210714-jag9889.jpg
The Danube, Germany (top); Lake Lucerne; Switzerland (bottom right); the Aare, Switzerland (bottom left)
Date14 July 2021–ongoing
LocationBelgium
Germany
Italy
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Switzerland
Deaths58 in Germany[1]
11 in Belgium[2]
1 in Italy[3]
Property damage200,000 properties left without power[4]

The 2021 European floods are a series of ongoing severe floods which began on 14 July 2021. They have affected several river basins, mainly in Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Rain

Floods began in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland on 14 July 2021 after record rainfall in western Europe, causing multiple rivers to burst their banks.[5]

Impact

The worst damage from the flood was in the district of Ahrweiler, Rhineland-Palatinate, where the river Ahr rose, destroying many buildings and killing at least 18 people.[6]

At least 70 people have been killed by the floods, including 58 in Germany, 11 in Belgium, and one in Italy.[5][7][8] The floods are the deadliest natural disaster in Germany since World War II.[2][9][10]

Timeline

On 15 July, all 200,000 residents of Liège, the third-largest urban area in Belgium, were urged to evacuate amidst fears that the River Maas could burst its banks and that a dam bridge could collapse.[11][5][12] As of 15 July, no vehicles were allowed into the city centre of Liège, traffic was only allowed to leave as part of the evacuation.[13] In addition, due to the heavy flooding, a number of municipalities in Liège and Namur provinces were left without potable tap water.[14] All train services in the Wallonia region were suspended.[15]

On 15 July, Switzerland's weather service warned that flooding in the country would worsen over the next few days, potentially equalling the levels of the 2005 "flood of the century" and that there was a particularly high risk of flooding on Lake Biel, Lake Thun and Lake Lucerne, as well as a risk of landslides.[11][16] That day, the water level in Lake Lucerne reached the highest warning level.[17]

In the Netherlands, the River Maas near Limburg reached its highest summertime level in over a hundred years, according to authorities, and was expected as of 15 July to surpass the winter records set in 1993 and 1995.[18] On 14 July, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute gave a code red highest warning for Limburg. It was lowered to a yellow warning at around 03:50 local time on 15 July. Much of the rest of the Netherlands had a yellow warning for rain on 15 July.[19] Over 400 houses in Limburg lost power according to electricity company Enexis.[19]

In Luxembourg, 2,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Trier,[20] Echternach and Rosport.[21] Many homes in Mersch, Beringen and Rollingen lost electricity supply.[20]

In Germany, 70 people were reported missing from the Eifel region.[22] The village of Kordel in Trier-Saarburg, which has around 2,000 residents, has been completely cut off.[23] 4,500 people in villages in North Rhine-Westphalia had to be evacuated.[24] Westnetz, Germany's biggest power distribution grid, said on 15 July that 200,000 properties in the North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate regions[23] were without power in Germany, and that it would be impossible to repair substations until roads were cleared.[25] The Deutscher Wetterdienst said that the quantity of rain in some areas of Germany were the highest for over 100 years. They predicted less rain in the affected areas on 16 July.[26] In Stolberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, hundreds of people looted empty shops.[24]

Response

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "shocked by the catastrophe that so many people in the flood areas have to endure" and that her "sympathy goes out to the families of the dead and missing".[6]

Malu Dreyer, the governor of the Rhineland-Palatinate state, told the regional parliament that "There are people dead, there are people missing, there are many who are still in danger. We have never seen such a disaster. It's really devastating."[27][28]

President of the European Commission,[29] EU Council President Charles Michel,[30] Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom[31] gave their response while Italy and Austria offered to send flood rescue teams to affected areas in Belgium.[27]

See also

References

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  14. ^ "Severe rainfall: Tap water in some Walloon municipalities now undrinkable". The Brussels Times. 15 July 2021. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
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  19. ^ a b "Heavy rains leave Limburg flooded; Some showers expected today". Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau. 15 July 2021. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
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  22. ^ "Unwetter in Deutschland". Der Spiegel (in German). 15 July 2021. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  23. ^ a b "Mehrere Tote und etwa 70 Vermisste bei Unwettern". Die Zeit (in German). 15 July 2021. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  24. ^ a b "Steinbachtalsperre in NRW "sehr instabil" – Orte werden evakuiert". Die Welt (in German). 15 July 2021. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  25. ^ "Germany and Belgium floods: At least 44 dead and more than 70 missing after heavy rain". Sky News. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  26. ^ "43 Tote nach Unwetter in NRW und Rheinland-Pfalz - Mehr Regen als die letzten 100 Jahre". Frankfurter Rundschau (in German). 15 July 2021. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
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  28. ^ "More than 20 dead, dozens missing in heavy Europe floods". CBC.
  29. ^ "More than 30 dead, dozens missing in heavy Europe floods". Associated Press. 15 July 2021. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  30. ^ "Dozens killed in flooding across western Europe". www.kten.com. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  31. ^ "Tweet". Twitter. Retrieved 15 July 2021.

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