Extreme weather is striking all over the world, showing how vulnerable humanity is against natural disasters, like floods and fire, and illustrating the effects of climate change.
Some events – like wildfires in the western US- are seasonal while others came as a complete surprise.
China and Western Europe were both hit by devastating floods over the past week, with the death toll rising over 100. In wooded areas of Canada, the US and Russia vast areas of land are on fire.
In a report on Wednesday, it was revealed that at least 16 people died in extreme flooding in the city of Zhengzhou.
At the same time as China flooding, Germany, Belgium and Austria were dealing with the aftermath of the devastating floods that collapsed buildings and turned roads into rivers with more than 200 people dead.
The UK and Ireland are also experiencing heatwaves with extreme heat warnings issued for the first time in the UK.
Oregon is battling a fire large enough to be visible from space that is creating its own weather.
Canada had almost 300 fires in different locations on Tuesday and had to evacuate around 5 700 people. They are also experiencing a heatwave so severe hundreds of people died and shellfish were boiled in their shells.
Siberia has also been battling forest fires that burned through 3.7 million acres of land.
According to experts, it’s difficult to attribute individual weather events to the climate crises however human activity that causes longterm shifts in climate are making events like these more frequent and severe.
Sources: Business Insider, LoveAfricanews
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