Germany suffered its deadliest natural disaster in almost 60 years at the end of last week, when floods struck the country and other parts of Western Europe.
More than 150 killed in West Germany, many more killed in Europe
The researchers, of 34 different research groups, found that the last 30 years were the most floodproof periods in Europe, one of only nine in the past five centuries.
The before and after footage shows the levels of flooding in Altenburg
In the county of Ahrweiler near Cologne around 1300 persons are still missing.
The North Rhine-Westphalia minister-general said,”the disaster is not over yet” because thousands of households in the region concerned by the high water are without power and running water.
It is however clear that we are facing two fundamental and urgent tasks: to toned down, and to adapt.
A spokesman for the German Weather Service (DWD) defended its role and said the authority had done “what it was supposed to do.”
500 years of flood history in Europe shows the recent period is distinct, with likely global warming fingerprint, but hardly unique. Combine big rare hazard with #expandingbullseye of people & property. Add heat… https://t.co/9bRfGaODAj @nature https://t.co/s6irIbUjPU 2/2 pic.twitter.com/hY6u6nigx4
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