Germany flood map: which areas are affected and why?

Parts of Europe have been flooded over the past week, resulting in the death of at least 150 people and the collapse of buildings.

Germanyhandjob Belgium And the Netherlands are among the countries that have suffered heavy floods in recent days.

Incessant rains and storms have broken rivers and reservoirs, flooded homes and demolished buildings. Flooding Areas have been swept away after the soil failed to absorb any more water.

Follow Germany-Belgium floods live: death toll 150

In Germany, two western states – North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate – have been badly hit by the floods.

In the country’s most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, at least 15 deaths have been caused by flooding in the Euskirchen region south of Bonn.

Cologne, Kamen and Wuppertal – all cities or towns in the state – were also affected.

People were trapped in Erfstadt, a town southwest of Cologne, on Friday when the ground gave way and their houses collapsed.

Further south in the Rhineland-Palatinate village of Schulde, scores were reported missing after houses collapsed this week.

Roads were flooded after heavy rain in Sstel in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia state

(AP)

Across the border in Belgium, the city of Lige and the surrounding area – which includes Pepinster and Verviers – have been badly hit.

Meuse broke its banks earlier this week in Lige, located in the east of the country, leaving some locals to take them on boats.

Members of the public stand next to a boat damaged after a flood in Lige

(BELGA/AFP via Getty Images)

In the Netherlands, the southern Limburg province has been hit by recent floods. Damage has been seen in places such as the city of Valkenburgh and images have shown locals wandering through the water in the city of Roermund.

France has also seen flood-related damage, with heavy rains submerging vegetable fields, many homes and the World War I museum in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon in the north-east of the country.

According to French broadcaster France Blue, areas near the Luxembourg-German border faced flooding and evacuations.

In Switzerland, as heavy rains caused many rivers and lakes to breach their banks, Lucerne city authorities closed several pedestrian bridges over the Reuss river.

Meanwhile in England, thunderstorms caused flash floods in London and South East England.

Storms caused flash floods this week, including several underground stations in London and the South East.

Rail lines and services in the capital were covered with water, houses were flooded and cars were submerged amid heavy rains.

After the floods of England, Professor Ralph Toumi of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College London told independent: “Heavier or more intense rain is expected under climate change because there will be more moisture in the atmosphere.

He added: “If the weather system is not removed, the risk of flash floods will also increase.”

Additional reporting by agencies

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