Germany devastated after flooding, as scientists predict more extreme weather

ABC News’ Maggie Rulli reports on how climate change has impacted the deadly floods in Germany that wrecked infrastructure and livelihoods in some of the worst damage Germany has faced since WWII.
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Transcript for Germany devastated after flooding, as scientists predict more extreme weather
The aftermath of that historic in catastrophic flooding in Western Europe with at least 199. People killed and hundreds more still missing. After violent storms and powerful flood waters destroying entire towns some that it existed for hundreds of years this all happening in areas not used to such extreme weather events raising concerns about a potential impact of climate change ABC's Maggie ruling has this report. In Germany entire communities are left to come through muddy rubble. After what some are calling one of the worst disasters to hit the country since move more to you. Death tolls still going to around 200 in Germany and Belgium nearly 300 are still missing. This little of destruction it's difficult for survivors to comprehend. That's still didn't beat the. You don't expect people to die in the flats in Germany. You expect it may be in poor countries that you don't expect to hear. But it was all too fast too quick. The satellite images taken Sunday showed the scope of devastation in Germany. On the grounds that investigation his failed first hand people desperate to salvage what's left of their homes and their businesses. This woman had a clothing business and always Kirsch and her livelihood. Angela. How high was the water to hear. Around her neighbors are helping to save what they can it's just them cleaning up for now outside help hasn't been able to reach them yet. In parts of western Germany the infrastructure has been completely up ended. Those floodwaters are so powerful just ripped through the pain and cutting off towns neither the kinda condition that recovery crews are up against. Germany Belgium and parts of France for battered by heavy rains late last week. But it was Germany that took the heaviest told. The flash floods sweeping in at alarming speed to result the marine's dream rooms into debris filled in reverse sweeping away callers. Trapping people in their homes he saw this highway turned into a brief survey. Semi trucks and cars tossed around like twigs. You can see just how powerful these floodwaters are that highway behind me is so completely underwater disclosure came ripping through their faith flipped cars and live these trucks into each other now army personnel and tanks are here in the search and recovery mission. Trying to drag these trucks out. German Chancellor Angela Merkel paying a visit to the hard hit cities of soul into this weekend. Pulling the damage shocking and surreal. Into the nearby medieval town a popular more than a 110 people died in that region for. Civil and that they added if there's been telling us how he barely escaped with his elderly mother the line punished. Many of the homes from the fifteen hundreds or older pancakes with the mind and many fear they fall may have to be destroyed. As Germany remains in shock scientists are predicting more frequent extreme events. Model shorts landing. You really attribute. How low. How fast hands furious. Be the effects she didn't these. Berry have agreed upon answer can become our home market climate change and they're going to be more confident. We're past time. Climate extremes are rocking our planet often in the most unlikely places. Siberia has one of the coldest winters outside of Antarctica but with temperatures climbing to above 100 degrees. You know dealing with a catastrophic failure season for the third year in a row. The implications. For dealing here. The buyers are destroying Russia's forests which could potentially as celery climate change. In the heat waves from origin to Canada claimed the lives of hundreds of people late last month. The fires in California now region prompting evacuations now complete telling them. In Germany the local meteorologists say that what we've experienced is the worst flooding it at least 500 years. Perhaps no clearer sign that no one is immune from climate change. I'm still lots. I adults who believe this is real and it's here it looks like a nightmare or light and a bad movie. Maggie ruling in western Germany for ABC news. Right so many of those images just surreal our thanks to MacKey for that.

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