World is already suffering from coronavirus. Meanwhile many people of China and Germany died due to heavy floods. Firstly, if we see the situation of China, it’s central Henan province has been hit by the heaviest rains since records began over 60 years ago. In fact, forecasters say it was is the kind of rain only seen “once in 100 years.” 617.1 mm (24.3 inches) of rain fell in the provincial capital Zhengzhou. The average for a whole year is 640.8 mm. More than 1 million people were affected in the surrounding province of Henan.
According to Chinese media reports, Nearly 200,000 residents were evacuated in Zhengzhou, and some 10,000 residents in the province were relocated to shelters. The military sent 5,700 soldiers for the rescue and clean-up operations, and 1,800 firefighters were also dispatched.
Transport and work have been disrupted throughout Henan. Rain turned streets into rapidly flowing rivers, washing away cars and rising into people’s homes. High-speed trains were suspended. Subway passengers reported tunnels being flooded and water almost reaching their necks.
According to authorities, 189 people were killed by floods and mudslides, 54 in house collapses and 39 in underground areas. Six people died in an expressway tunnel, where 247 vehicles were removed as it was drained.
Henan province is home to several cultural sites. Fearing damage, officials shut down the famed Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, known for its monks’ martial arts mastery. The Longmen Grottoes — a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring thousand-year-old Buddhist carvings in limestone cliffs — was also forced to close. Questions are turning to how China’s growing cities could be better prepared for freak weather events. It’s expected that they will happen with increased frequency and intensity due to climate change.
Germany also faced the same situation of Flood in July 2021, About 200 people have been reported dead and scores more were missing after torrential rain and floods swept across Western Europe, with Germany bearing the brunt of one of its biggest natural disasters in recent decades.
With the death toll has reached near 200, thousands of volunteers, firefighters and some 900 army personnel have joined the clean-up and salvage operations. There are fears that more victims could be found as waters recede and begin to reveal the true toll the storm took on everything in its path.
The water is slowly receding, but the disaster is far from over. In devastated riverside towns in Germany, people are only slowly working their way through dealing with what the flood has left behind: bulks of mud and piles of rubbish.
What used to be people’s furniture and household items has now turned into waste that fills up the streets. If not removed quickly, the waste can hinder rescue operations and impose safety risks to relief workers and residents. The mud can dry into a rock-hard surface that glues rubble to the streets.
With volunteers’ help, residents have started to clean up their battered homes and shops. Garbage trucks drive back and forth to remove the aftermath’s waste from the streets. In Trier, one of the severely affected regions, 14,000 tons of flood waste was collected during the weekend.
In addition to an army of volunteers in disaster zones, countless solidarity initiatives were created to collect donations. The flow of donations quickly became overwhelming, to the extent that several aid organizations announced they have no more capacity to receive more donations. While the COVID pandemic has kept people apart, the disaster has brought communities in the region together.