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Germany. Meteorologists warn of more catastrophic torrential rains

Germany.  Meteorologists warn of more catastrophic torrential rains

As assessed by the Department of Human Development, areas hit by floods often experienced twice as much rain within a few hours or a few days as they typically did throughout July.

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century event

Last week’s nuisance was recognized in many places by DWD experts as the “event of the century,” thus underlining its unique character. These are the findings of a special DWD report on the catastrophic event, published today (22/07/2021) in Offenbach. Flood. Its authors note that in many places the precipitation was even higher, which led to the damage it caused.

DWD measurements show that in the Ahr Basin in the Rhineland-Palatinate last Wednesday (07/14-2021) it fell in 24 hours to 147 in some places. liters Rain water per square meter. The valley of this river was one of the most damaged places in the past Flood. Similar, and even greater, amounts of rainwater fell on Wednesday during the day, among others, in the basins of the rivers Erft, Kiel and Moselle, as well as in the Wober and Ruhr basins in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Scientists “shocked” by the extent of floods in Germany

destructive power

Altogether, the DWD in the affected areas of the Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia experienced heavy, heavy rainfall of more than 100 liters of rainwater per square meter in 72 hours, and in places of more than 150 liters of water per square metre. According to meteorologists at DWD, the massive amounts of rainwater brought by Bernd hit the rain that had lasted for some time and fell on land that was already completely saturated with rainwater, which could not absorb any more water.

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This, in addition to the fact that very heavy rainfall in the ridge area, made its destructive power particularly high, according to a special report from the German Weather Service.

After the flood in GermanyAfter the flood in Germany After the Flood in Germany / Thomas Frey

Narrow river beds in this area also “directed” the flowing water, increasing its impact on the surrounding area. After the low pressure zone moved to the southeast, floods also occurred in Saxony and Bavaria, but on a much smaller scale than in western Germany.

The effects of floods in Germany.  Landslide near IrwistadtThe image shows the effects of floods in Germany. Huge landslide outside the city

Threat until September

DWD indicates that Germany has been plagued by a series of catastrophic rainfall since May. Their season will last until September. This means that similar disasters may occur again this year.

Already this coming weekend, Synoptics DWD is predicting the possibility of recurring storms and heavy rain. On Saturday (24/07/2021), you should expect a weather alert for precipitation, storms, and local hail. It can also occur in flood affected areas. Strong storms are expected, especially in the Rhineland-Palatinate.

(AFP/Jack)

Article from Siruiso Deutsche Welle.

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