Heavy rains in western Europe caused floods to hit Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany and other countries. In Germany alone, at least 105 people were killed in the two western states. In the hard-hit Rhineland-Palatinate region of Ahrweiler, 1,300 people are still unaccounted for.
At least 165,000 people are currently out of power in Rhineland-Palatinate and neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia. This week from Wednesday to Thursday morning, extreme rainfall occurred in most parts of western Germany, with North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate having the highest total rainfall.
In most areas of these states, the total 24-hour rainfall is between 100 and 150 mm. Cologne recorded 154 mm of rainfall in just 24 hours, almost twice the monthly average of 87 mm in July. Partial rainstorms led to extreme flash floods.
The flood will have an adverse impact on the local forestry in Germany in the short term. Heavy rains and floods have severely restricted the export of timber. The floods also caused the stagnation of rail transportation in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate in western Germany.
Southwest Germany is also an area with high forest coverage. North Rhine-Westphalia has more than 30 million cubic meters of forest savings, ranking first among the 16 German states. The state is also an important agricultural state in Germany. According to the latest meteorological data, this next week will be mainly cloudy, which is conducive to local disaster recovery work.
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