From China to India, floods have wreaked havoc across the globe.
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Heavy flooding has hit central China following unusually heavy rains, with the subway system in the city of Zhengzhou inundated with rushing water and thousands of residents having to be relocated. (AP)
Deadly floods that have upended life in both China and Germany have sent a stark reminder that climate change is making weather more extreme across the globe.
The death toll in central China’s unprecedented flash floods triggered after the heaviest rainfall in 1,000 years has reached 33 with eight people missing, officials told PTI on Thursday. Videos posted on Chinese social media showed petrified passengers trapped in subway trains clinging on to handlebars desperately waiting for help as floodwaters raised up to their necks.
In Europe, climate change is likely to increase the number of large, slow-moving storms that can linger longer in one area and deliver deluges of the kind seen in Germany and Belgium, according to a study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
Torrential rain turned normally placid rivers into raging torrents in parts of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, dragging cars and roads with them, bringing down whole houses and leaving more than 150 people dead.
As the southwest monsoon continues to elude parts of India, it is wreaking havoc in parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.