The states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) have been worst hit by the storms which have caused rivers to burst their banks and threatened to bring down further homes.
As these dramatic pictures and tweets show, the extreme weather is heavily affecting towns and villages across the region.
Images of Germany’s “catastrophe”, as chancellor Merkel called the severe flooding that has hit western Germany, killing dozens pic.twitter.com/YPnjkwvE3U
— Thomas Sparrow (@Thomas_Sparrow) July 15, 2021
It’s leading to calls from some for urgent action against climate change.
2 days of non-stop rain = serious flooding in the #Eifel (20 min from Bonn) with reports of 4 deaths & 30 people missing so far#ClimateImpacts are not a joke & we need to stop treating calls for faster #climateaction as naïve as we look to #Bundestagswahl2021 & #Fitfor55 https://t.co/sMeBnDq8ex
— Jennifer Tollmann (@jennytollmann) July 15, 2021
A drone shot (below) captures the flooding in Schuld on Thursday, Rhineland-Palatinate.
Absolute devastation in Ahrweiler. 42 people have been killed across the region, and dozens more are missing. One local tells me she saw the body of her neighbour as she evacuated today. #Hochwasser pic.twitter.com/tWcN8sNBos
— Trent Murray (@trent_murray) July 15, 2021
Rescue workers survey the flooded streets in Solingen, NRW, on Thursday morning.
— Lothar Schüller (@LotharSchueller) July 15, 2021
A car submerged in water in Solingen, NRW.
Around #Cologne, villages are being evacuated as rivers, dams and lakes are flooding the towns. Some areas are impassable, citizens are asked to stay upstairs in their houses.
— Christian Odendahl (@COdendahl) July 14, 2021
Another car buried by debris in Hagen, NRW, on Thursday.
— Jonas Miller (@jo_mlr) July 15, 2021
A person standing on scaffolding in Solingen, NRW, on Thursday morning in a flooded street.
— Malte Susen (@maltesusen) July 15, 2021
A resident in Hagen, NRW, looks at the damage caused by the severe floods.
The Bundeswehr (German army) has been called in to assist with the rescue. The picture below shows the army in Hagen, NRW.
A fire and rescue employee walking on a flooded street in Kordel, Rhineland-Palatinate, in the middle of the night on Wednesday.
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