Following days of heavy rainfall in Germany and Belgium, rivers and reservoirs have burst through their banks to create a rare flood event that’s left more than 125 people dead.
State of play: The equivalent of two months of rain has fallen on some areas over the last one to two days, per AP, citing the French national weather service.
Scientists are analyzing the rainfall for more precise calculations and to determine the role that global warming played in this disaster.
A man moves possessions inside a flooded house on July 16 in Geulle, Netherlands. Photo: Sanne Derks/Getty ImagesDamage caused by floods in Liege, Belgium, after the heavy rainfall of the past days, July 16. Photo: Bernard Gillet/Belga Mag/AFP via Getty Images This picture taken in Chaudfontaine, near Liege, Belgium, on July 16, shows debris piled up next to a bridge after the flood. Photo by John Thys/AFP via Getty ImagesA car sits sunken in a deluged area after a major flood in the Ahrweiler district of Germany’s mountainous Eifel area on July 16. Photo: Adam Berry/Getty Images Destroyed furniture and household goods are piled up in front of a flooded house in Iversheim near Bad Muenstereifel, western Germany. Photo: Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty ImagesA flooded street is seen in Bad Muenstereifel, western Germany, on July 16 after heavy rain hit parts of the country, causing widespread flooding. Photo: Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images