More than 100 people have been killed and hundreds more missing in Germany, Belgium, and southern Holland after record amounts of rain have burst river banks in the areas but it was the speed of the rising water which caught many people unprepared. The UK was hit by a similar deluge at the beginning of this week and the government's advisory climate change committee told ministers the nation was even worse prepared for extreme weather events than it was five years ago, that's because these extreme events are increasing too rapidly for governments to react.
Other parts of the northern hemisphere are currently suffering record-breaking heatwaves and fires which serves as a reminder as to the danger many of us are in without fully understanding the severity of the circumstances, which is exactly why so many people have died in Western Europe, Canada, and the United States in just the last couple of weeks!
Incredibly, another heatwave warning has been issued for the northwestern US and southwestern Canada. It is the fourth intense heatwave in five weeks which has already claimed the lives of hundreds of people. The heatwave is expected to produce more wildfires of course.
But let's not forget, the real damage is hitting the environment and the delicate ecosystems which are already under immense stress. For instance, California officials have warned the intense heatwaves across the state are likely to kill all young salmon in the Sacramento River this year.