Climate change: Europe experienced its hottest summer ever in 2021 with record rains and relentless forest fires

Climate change: Europe experienced its hottest summer ever in 2021 with record rains and relentless forest fires

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Two brothers embrace Monday, July 19 in front of their parents’ house, destroyed by floods in Altenahr, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A damaged road buckles after a flood in Euskirchen, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

This aerial photo shows a bridge that collapsed over the Ahr River in the German district of Ahrweiler on Sunday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Damage was seen on Sunday in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Homes are damaged in Pepinster, Belgium on Saturday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A resident stands in floodwaters in Rochefort, Belgium, on Saturday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

On Saturday, members of the German armed forces search for flood victims in Erftstadt, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A resident of Arcen, in the Netherlands, watches the rising waters of the Meuse on Saturday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Water flows in a square in front of a house in Bischofswiesen, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A man stands in front of a destroyed house in Schuld, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A water level gauge shows rising waters in Arcen, the Netherlands, on Saturday. The Dutch authorities ordered the evacuation of 10,000 people in the municipality of Venlo, because the Meuse was rising there faster than expected.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

This aerial photo shows flooding in Erftstadt, Germany on Friday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A man clears water and mud from his flooded home in Ensival, Belgium on Friday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

People pick up debris in Bad Muenstereifel, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

The Steinbach dam is seen after a flood near Euskirchen, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Firefighters drive past a flood-damaged car in Schuld, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

On Friday, people dropped off sandbags in Roermond, the Netherlands.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A woman sorts clothes at a shelter in Liège, Belgium, on Friday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A woman climbs the stairs of her damaged home in Ensival, Belgium.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A man walks through a flooded part of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, on Thursday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A regional train sits in flood waters at the local station in Kordel, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

People use rafts to evacuate after the Meuse River burst its banks during heavy flooding in Liege, Belgium.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

People look at a level crossing that was destroyed by flooding in Priorei, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Men walk past damaged houses in Schuld, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A man inspects what remains of his home in Schuld.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Water from the Ahr river flows past a damaged bridge in Schuld.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Evacuees take a bus in Valkenburg aan de Geul, the Netherlands.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A car floats in the Meuse during heavy flooding in Liège, Belgium, on Thursday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

People walk on a damaged road in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A resident uses a bucket to remove water from the basement of a home in Hagen, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A man and woman stand on the front steps of their house as they watch the flood waters in Geulle, the Netherlands.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Homes are damaged by flooding in Insul, Germany on Thursday.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A man climbs down a ladder in an attempt to free his boat in the Meuse in Liège, Belgium.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Caravans and motorhomes are partially submerged in Roermond, the Netherlands.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A destroyed building is seen in a flooded area of ​​Schuld, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

People walk on flood waters in Stansstad, Switzerland.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

Cars are covered in debris in Hagen, Germany.

Deadly floods in Western Europe

A flooded area of ​​Schuld, Germany.

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