20.07.2021 - 07:20 [ Politico.eu ]

Over 100 die in Germany, Belgium floods despite early warnings

(15.07.2021)

An „extreme“ flood warning was issued early this week by the European Flood Awareness System (EFAS). Professor Hannah Cloke, a hydrologist who set up and advises EFAS, said the death toll, with many more people reported missing, was „a monumental failure of the system.“

„I would have expected people to be evacuating, you don’t expect to see so many people dying from floods in 2021. This is very, very serious indeed,“ she said.