Flooding in Europe, in Pictures

The heavy rain and flooding that started on Wednesday in Europe has continued, with 106 lives misplaced in Germany by Friday, and a minimum of 20 in Belgium. Hundreds of individuals are nonetheless lacking, and the grim expectation is that lots of them haven’t survived.

Images from all through Europe present sinkholes that swallowed up homes and buildings. Streets lined with as soon as tidy homes and outlets have been disemboweled, their sewer and utility traces now uncovered. Cars have been carried away by torrents of water and deposited the other way up or upended in opposition to bushes. Homes have been emptied out, their contents blended into oozing mud pits.

The raging rivers have additionally swept away cellphone towers and fiber optic cables, additional hampering rescue efforts.

Even a number of the dikes which have lengthy protected Holland have been overcome by water ranges not seen since earlier than the outbreak of World War I.

The flooding got here the identical week that Europe unveiled its formidable plan for shifting away from fossil fuels to mitigate local weather change and grow to be carbon impartial by 2050. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany’s president, was among the many many who linked the devastation to the necessity to cope with local weather change.

“Only when we take action against climate change can we keep the events that we are now experiencing within limits,” he stated.

Photos from the devastated areas present how far past these limits the flooding has reached.


A as soon as bustling purchasing avenue in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, has grow to be a dump for flood-damaged merchandise.

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The destruction in elements of the Blessem district of Erftstadt, Germany, is full.

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The Aare River turned an outside eating patio in Bern, Switzerland, right into a pond.

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A broken bridge over the Ahr River in Schuld, Germany.

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One wheel is the one clear trace automobile is entombed below mud and particles in Schuld.

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A tree caught one other automobile when it was swept alongside by floodwaters in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler.

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Its ballast undermined by water, the rails of tracks in Jemelle, Belgium, took on the looks of a curler coaster.

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A church and cemetery after flooding in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler.

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Schuld, one of the vital devastated cities in Germany, lay in ruins on Friday.

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The surviving buildings of Schuld at the moment are surrounded by particles from the constructions the Ahr swept away.

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With water ranges at heights not seen since 1911, elements of the Netherlands have flooded, together with Wessem.

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Floodwaters stranded a prepare simply wanting a station in Kordel, Germany.

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People turned to inflatable rafts in Liège, Belgium, after the Meuse River broke its banks.

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The Ahr sweeping previous the destruction it purchased to Insul, Germany.

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A campground in Roermond, Netherlands, lies submerged.

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Only a big truck and a front-end loader have been in a position to journey on a number of the streets in Valkenburg, Netherlands.

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A lookout at Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, grew to become a part of the lake itself.

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