Amid the devastating and deadly floodwaters in Western Europe, residents of Liège, Belgium, were seen rescuing a pair of dogs caught in high water.
Sheikh Hussein Karm recorded a video of the dog’s rescue and posted it on TikTok.
In the video, waist-deep water fills a city street. The roofs of the vehicles barely protrude, and on top of a car is a dog that can be heard moaning.
Down the street, a man guides a second dog as the animal paddles through the water. He leads the dog to the car and hoists him onto the roof of the car to wait with the other dog.
Heavy rains hit the region on Wednesday and Thursday, killing more than 31 people nationwide. In neighboring Germany, more than 150 deaths had been reported.
Although the rain stopped in the worst-affected areas of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, storms and downpours persisted elsewhere in western and central Europe. There was flooding on Saturday evening in the German-Czech border area, in the south-eastern corner of Germany, and beyond the border into Austria.
Climatologists say the link between extreme weather and global warming is undeniable and the urgency to tackle climate change is undeniable.
Scientists cannot yet say for sure whether climate change caused the flooding, but they insist it certainly worsens extreme weather disasters exhibited around the world.
“A flood is not the example of climate change, but if we look at the loss events of the last few years, decades, then they are just more frequent than they were before – so we have to make a big effort, “said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. mentionned.
She visited one of the affected towns Sunday, promising quick financial aid and increased political focus on tackling climate change.
“It’s shocking – I would almost say that the German language barely has words to describe the devastation that has been wrought,” she said.
This story was reported from Detroit. Storyful and The Associated Press contributed.