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Time_Traveller wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 3:45 pm Germany floods: Huge 'sinkhole' emerges after quarry dam collapses causing landslide
16 JUL 2021

A huge sinkhole has formed after a quarry dam collapsed in Germany as Europe continues to be devastated by extreme weather.

Homes and part of a castle in Blessem, near Cologne, were destroyed after heavy rain saw the River Erft burst its banks before the quarry gave way on Friday.

Geographer Matthias Habel said the river rushed into the gravel pit which eventually could no longer withstand the water pressure.

The sinkhole is growing bigger with the erosion currently spanning over 300 metres.

It is understood several people have died as a result of the collapse, while the death toll for the ongoing floods across the country's western region has reached at least 110.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-new ... s-24550790
Here is a picture of a After/Before shot of Blessem. Image
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Europe Flooding Deaths Pass 125, and Scientists See Fingerprints of Climate Change
Source: nytimes.

Last Updated July 17, 2021, 6:11 a.m. ET 9 minutes ago

Parts of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands were inundated. High waters and damage to roads and bridges hampered rescue efforts in Germany.

The death toll has passed 100 and hundreds more people remain missing in Belgium and Germany after strong rains caused rivers to burst and wash away buildings.CreditCredit...Rhein-Erft-Kreis/Cologne District Government, via Associated Press

Rescue workers toiled on Friday night to reach people in remote German villages hit by some of the most severe flooding Europe had experienced in decades, as questions began to be raised about lapses in the country’s elaborate flood warning system.

The scenes of devastation from the floods came from all around Western Europe as the death toll passed 125 on Friday, with another 1,300 people still missing. Roads buckled and washed away. Cars piled atop one another. Houses were inundated to the roof tiles. Frightened residents were being evacuated in the shovels of earth movers.

But nowhere was affected more than Germany, where hundreds were still unaccounted for and the death toll had reached 106 and was expected to rise as rescue workers combed through the debris. At least 20 were reported dead in Belgium.
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wjfox wrote: Mon Jul 19, 2021 8:04 pm
It was definitely hot this weekend just as i came back to work from hols on Saturday 26C and Sunday was 28C whilst it was 33C in the shade phewww!!!.
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Chinese army warns dam battered by storms could collapse
21 Jul 2021 02:35AM
(Updated: 21 Jul 2021 08:53AM)

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/as ... e-15257186
BEIJING: The Chinese army warned that a stricken dam in the centre of the country "could collapse at any time" after being severely damaged in torrential storms that killed at least 12 people and brought the region to a standstill.

Weather authorities have issued the highest warning level for central Henan province as downpours caused widespread disruption and the evacuation of residents of flooded streets.
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Underground train fills with water as part of China suffers 'heaviest rain in 1,000 years'
Source: Sky News

Parts of China have been hit by "the heaviest rain in 1,000 years" - with footage showing underground train carriages filling with water.

More than 20cm of rain fell on the city of Zhengzhou, Henan province, in a single hour on Tuesday. In the recent European floods, the worst-hit areas of Germany saw 18.2cm over three days.

At least 25 people died and seven went missing in the floods, local authorities said, as 100,000 were forced to flee their homes, according to China's state news agency Xinhua.
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More than 30 reservoirs in Henan have exceeded their warning levels and overnight the rainfall caused a 20-metre breach in the Yihetan dam in the city of Luoyang west of Zhengzhou.
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Extreme Heat is Killing American Workers
by Umair Irfan
July 21, 2021

https://www.vox.com/22560815/heat-wave- ... restaurant

Introduction:
(Vox) Abe Carlin held up an instant-read thermometer in the Portland, Oregon, pizzeria where they worked. It showed 103.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Even with half the ovens off and the air conditioning cranked up, the kitchen was desperately hot on June 27, when a heat dome capped the region.

Outside, temperatures were breaking records as a searing late-June heat wave settled across the Pacific Northwest. Portland reached a record high of 112 degrees Fahrenheit, only to be broken the next day. Portlanders, who have rarely felt such heat, didn’t want to turn on the ovens in their own homes.

So as temperatures started rising, more orders came into the pizzeria. The kitchen staff struggled to keep up with the demand using their limited oven space. And staffers who would have helped out couldn’t make it in as cables melted in Portland’s light rail system and left commuters stranded.

Conditions in Carlin’s pizza restaurant were actually better than many in the food industry. Employees were rotated between the cooler dining room and the warmer kitchen. The break room was stocked with cold Gatorade. Workers were told to take frequent breaks and even spend a few minutes in the cooler if needed.

Finally, the owners decided to close the restaurant early.
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