via Reinsurance News

Nature can sometimes be uncontrollable and it seems that in recent years some situations such as floods, droughts, and storms have become more common and destructive. We are all exposed to natural disasters regardless of whether we live in a rich or poor country.

Recently, strong floods have been reported in Germany and Belgium that have left in their wake a trail of destruction in several cities, thousands of people missing, and hundreds of deaths.

The states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany near the border with Belgium, have been the hardest hit, with buildings and cars being washed away by torrential downpours.

Most of the deaths and disappearances have occurred in Germany. On the Belgian side of the border have been at least 20 deaths.

During the last few weeks, Western Europe has experienced higher levels of rainfall than ever before. The amount of water that has fallen on these countries exceeds the previous record and therefore the authorities and the infrastructure were not prepared for such exacerbated rains.


Heavy Floods In Germany And Belgium Wreak Havoc

The rains have caused the overflowing of rivers and landslides in mountains that have later devastated the streets of several cities in the states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany and Liege in Belgium where a procedure of evacuation of its residents has begun.

Heavy rains have also been experienced in the Netherlands and authorities have alerted residents of some cities and initiated preventive evacuations.

“There are dead, missing and many people still in danger. All our emergency services are in permanent action, risking their own lives” said the Governor of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer.

The rains are expected to continue for the next few days and we hope that the assistance of the emergency services can act quickly to save as many people as possible.