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Devastating floods in Germany stressed the need to address global warming

The Western Germany and Belgium are under the reel of catastrophic floods  which kill nearly 200 hundred as estimated roughly. The death toll rose to more than 180 so far, as emergency services continued their search for hundreds still missing, an official said. 'In the hour of need, our country stands together and extends all possible help to the families of those killed.

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It is Germany's worst natural disaster in more than half a century' said the President  Frank-Walgter Steinmeier adding that he was stunned by the devastation. In western parts of Germany it was hit worst by floods and officials warned the figures could rise further.

President Steinmeier called for greater efforts to combat global warming. Unless we take decisive steps to fight against climate change we can not limit the  extreme weather conditions we are now experiencing.

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But some reports stated that the authorities have not taken any precautionary steps despite warnings by the European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) . An expert hydrologist Mr.Hannah Cloke said this disaster was ' a monumental failure of the system.  Meanwhile the interior minister Horst Seehofer said Germany must prepare much better in future, adding this is a consequence of climate change. experts said such disasters were likely to happen more often due to climate change.

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Some parts of Belgium were also  inundated in the flood waters and tens of people were killed. Still search operations are going on and rescue teams toiled at their best to evacuate the affected areas.


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