Large-scale showers conquered the countries of Europe, leaving behind devastating consequences. Unfortunately, it is already known about the many dead and missing.
"This is an incredible, terrifying situation, in the German language, perhaps, you cannot find such words to describe the destruction," the BBC quotes German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Germany is currently one of the countries most affected by the current flood. The situation is as follows.
Flood in Germany
It has caused catastrophic damage. Watch a speech by the mayor of one of the German cities, who talks about the aftermath. And he can't hold back his tears.
The main blow fell on the western regions of Germany - the federal states of Rhineland-Pfaltz, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saarland.
According to the German Meteorological Agency, in some areas a two-month rainfall fell per day.
Unfortunately, in Germany alone, at least 157 people have died in recent days due to catastrophic flooding. The authorities of the federal state of Rhineland-Pfaltz reported that there are about 1,300 people missing in the region, but the number is "decreasing every hour." More than 100 thousand people in the western regions of the country were left without electricity.
At the moment, German residents are trying to eliminate the consequences of the floods, while the government, according to Finance Minister, will allocate more than 300 million euros in immediate aid and billions of euros to repair destroyed houses, streets and bridges.
The floods, except for Germany, "passed" through a number of regions of Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Austria and Switzerland. Unfortunately, there also victims reported. For example, in Belgium, at least 20 people died.
Water broke through a dam near the German city of Wassenberg, located on the border with the Dutch province of Limburg. Rescuers evacuated about 700 local residents from the city.
In Switzerland, the Aare River overflowed its banks. Basel residents were advised to stay away from the Rhine River, flooding also occurred on Lake Lucerne.
Floods also took place in Austria. Chancellor of this country Sebastian Kurz has already reported that the disaster caused serious damage in different parts of the country.
Why is this happening at all?
DW writes that one of the representatives of the crisis headquarters of the flooded German city of Hagen predicted that the water during the current flood will reach a level that has been recorded no more than four times in a century.
"This is a new normality. Climate change is also changing the idea of normal weather. We are gradually approaching a new normality, which is characterized by different patterns of precipitation," quoted the publication of the University of Leipzig meteorologist Johannes Kwass.
Global warming is causing changes in the atmosphere, emphasizes Dr. Sebastian Sippel.
If the temperature rises one degree, the atmosphere can absorb about 7% more moisture. Global warming is causing additional moisture. In the long term, this leads to an increase in precipitation.