Death Toll Rises In Europe As Floodwaters Diminish

Headline Roundup July 17th, 2021

The death toll has continued to rise and hundreds are still missing in Europe after record rainfall produced some of the largest floods the continent has seen in centuries. Germany and Belgium were the main countries damaged by the floodwaters, while Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands also experienced heavy rainstorms over the past few days. Buildings were destroyed, cars were crushed and more than 100,000 homes were left without power. As the floodwaters recede, rescue crews have been deployed and are searching for survivors. Many European leaders have listed climate change as the cause of the extreme weather. 

Many left-leaning outlets highlighted the natural disaster’s connection to climate change. Most right-leaning outlets did not highlight climate change in their reporting.

From the Right
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The death toll from disastrous flooding in Western Europe rose above 150 on Saturday as rescue workers toiled to clear up the devastation revealed by receding water and prevent further damage.

Police said that more than 90 people are now known to have died in western Germany’s Ahrweiler county, one of the worst-hit areas, and more casualties are feared. On Friday, authorities gave a death toll of 63 for Rhineland-Palatinate state, where Ahrweiler is located.

Another 43 people were confirmed dead in neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia state, Germany’s most populous. Belgium’s...

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From the Center
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In one flooded German town, the ground collapsed under family homes. In another, floodwaters swept through an assisted living center, killing 12.

Rescue workers across Germany and Belgium rushed Friday to prevent more deaths from some of the Continent’s worst flooding in years as the number of dead surpassed 125 and the search went on for hundreds of missing people.

Fueled by days of heavy rain, the floodwaters also left thousands of Germans homeless after their dwellings were destroyed or deemed to be at risk, and elected officials began to...

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From the Left
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As waters receded on Saturday, Germans in the country’s west surveyed scenes of destruction, grieved over a rising death toll and confronted questions about how the country’s flood control systems had been so quickly overwhelmed by one of the most extreme rainfalls on record.

The death toll in Germany climbed to at least 143 on Saturday, while the toll across the border in Belgium stood at 24, the authorities there said. The count rose most sharply in Germany’s Ahrweiler district in Rhineland-Palatinate State, where the police said that more than...

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