The intensity and scale of the floods in Germany this week have shocked climate scientists. After the deadly heatwave in the US and Canada, where the temperature rose above 49.6 C in Central Europe has raised fears.
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That means more rainfall and surging rivers in some areas that could overwhelm levees if communities don’t plan for increased flooding. Whereas other regions have seen a decline in rain and snow this year, which sets up the different challenges ahead.
As flood risk, there decreases and it could discourage investments in defensive measures, which will leave communities vulnerable to less frequent but still damaging extreme storms will occur.
A team of scientists is working to assess the continent’s changing flood risks across Europe to track the highest annual river flows at more than 3,700 stations over 50 years, from 1960 to 2010.
In Europe, the areas seeing the biggest increases in the magnitude of flooding are in the north and northwest, while Scotland, coastal France, and parts of Norway are hotspots, according to reports. Meanwhile, people posted several videos of the devastating floods in Germany on Twitter and shared the impacts of horrible floods.
Around 133 people have died in the flooding in Germany and nearly 700 residents were evacuated on Friday. In Belgium, the death toll rose to 24, while rescue workers are searching flood-ravaged parts of Germany and Belgium for survivors.