Climate change: Europe's extreme rains made more likely by humans

  24 August 2021    Read: 300
Climate change: Europe

The heavy rainfall behind deadly flooding in Europe in July was made more likely by climate change, scientists say.

The floods in Germany, Belgium and other parts killed at least 220 people as towns and villages were swamped.

Researchers say global heating made rainfall events like this up to nine times more likely in Western Europe.

Downpours in the region are 3-19% more intense because of human induced warming.

The dramatic and deadly floods that hit Germany, Belgium and elsewhere in mid-July were a shock to weather forecasters and local authorities.

Lives were swept away and houses, motorways and railway lines destroyed by the rapidly rushing waters.

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