Floods

    • Deadly floods kill more than 30 in Turkey

      Deadly floods kill more than 30 in Turkey

      The Turkish authorities announced a massive search and rescue operation as floods killed 31 people along the country’s Black Sea coast areas. Dozens more are missing under the debris, BBC elaborated. Kastamonu province is the worst-hit area as it accounted for a total of 29 deaths so far. Floods caused some buildings to collapse, smashed bridges, and blocked streets with wrecked cars. The power supplies were cut off. This month Turkey has also had to battle huge wildfires in the south.

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    • German regional officials investigated over flood warnings

      German regional officials investigated over flood warnings

      German prosecutors said on Friday that they have launched formal investigations into whether two regional officials failed to properly warn residents ahead of last month’s floods that killed 141 people and injured hundreds more, AP reported. Prosecutors in the western city of Koblenz said investigations so far had confirmed an “initial suspicion” of negligent homicide and negligent bodily harm against the regional administrator in nearby Ahrweiler county.

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    • Rebuilding Germany's flooded areas will cost billions, Seehofer says

      Rebuilding Germany's flooded areas will cost billions, Seehofer says

      The cost of rebuilding the flooded communities in western Germany will run into the billions of euros, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Monday, as the country's death toll topped more than 160 and the search for some still missing went on, dpa reported. The flooding of the Ahr tributary devastated communities in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, where the number of people confirmed to have died has notched up to 117. In neighbouring North Rhine Westphalia, the number of dead stood at 47.

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    • Merkel visits flood-ravaged areas, pledges quick help

      Merkel visits flood-ravaged areas, pledges quick help

      Chancellor Angela Merkel visited flood-ravaged areas of Germany on Sunday to survey the damage and meet survivors after days of extreme rainfall in western Europe left at least 183 people dead and dozens missing, news wires reported. Merkel travelled to the village of Schuld in Rhineland-Palatinate state, one of the two hardest-hit regions in western Germany where the swollen Ahr river swept away houses and left debris piled high in the streets.

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    • Floods in Europe show need to curb emissions, experts say

      Floods in Europe show need to curb emissions, experts say

      Climate scientists say the link between extreme weather and global warming is unmistakable and the urgency to do something about climate change is undeniable, AP reported. Scientists can’t yet say for sure whether climate change caused the flooding in Germany, but they insist that it certainly exacerbates the extreme weather that has been on show from the western US and Canada to Siberia to Europe’s Rhine region.

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    • Front-runner to succeed Merkel apologizes for laughing scene in flood visit

      Front-runner to succeed Merkel apologizes for laughing scene in flood visit

      The front-runner to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany’s September election has apologized for a scene in which he was seen laughing in the background as the country’s president delivered a statement on the devastating floods in western Germany, AP reported. Armin Laschet, the candidate of Merkel’s center-right Union bloc to be Germany’s next leader, is also the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state, one of two badly hit by last week’s floods.

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    • Death toll from floods in Europe rises above 150

      Death toll from floods in Europe rises above 150

      The death toll from disastrous flooding in Western Europe rose above 150 on Saturday as rescue workers toiled to clear up the devastation and prevent further damage, AP reported. Police said that more than 90 people are now known to have died in western Germany’s Ahrweiler county, one of the worst-hit areas, and more casualties are feared. On Friday, authorities gave a death toll of 63 for the whole of Rhineland-Palatinate state, where Ahrweiler is located.

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    • Army deployed to help evacuation in flooded regions in Germany, The Netherlands

      Army deployed to help evacuation in flooded regions in Germany, The Netherlands

      Germany's flood crisis escalated on Thursday with the army deployed to the worst-hit areas of the country amid mass evacuations, dpa reported. At least 58 people are confirmed dead after being unable to escape the raging flood waters that engulfed parts of western Germany following days of torrential rain. In the city of Cologne alone, police on Thursday confirmed the deaths of 20 people in the floods. Flooding has also devastated parts of the Netherlands and Belgium.

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