From catastrophic flooding in Europe, the United States and China to drought in Madagascar to hurricanes brewing in the Atlantic — climate change affected almost every corner of the globe in 2021. Amid United Nations’ warning of ‘code red for humanity’, here is what has afflicted the world so far, in photographs
Eifel — a low mountain range in western Germany and eastern Belgium— on July 15, 2021. The flash floods of July 2021 in Germany, like much of the Europe ravaged by it — ripped buildings apart and tossed cars over. The streets were filled with debris and thick layers of mud. Photo: iStock
Extreme flooding in Zhengzhou, China, on July 20, 2021, after over 25 inches of rain fell in 24 hours. Heavy rain fell across China over August 21-22, 2021. Affected areas included the central province of Henan, where serious flooding in July killed more than 300 people. Photo: UN Climate Change / Twitter
In Muğla Kozağaç Mountains, Turkey, after a forest fire was extinguished. Turkey wildfires were a series of over 200 wildfires that burnt 1,700 square kilometres of Turkey’s forest in its Mediterranean Region in July and August 2021, the worst ever wildfire season in the country’s history. Photo: iStock
A local kayaker makes the most of the flood water in the River Dee, the United Kingdom, which burst its banks after the rainfall from Storm Christoph. The storm brought significant rain and widespread flooding across the UK. Hundreds in Greater Manchester and Wales were evacuated. Photo: iStock
At Avenue de Baobab, Western Madagascar. Madagascar is currently facing its worst drought in 40 years, caused by years of failed rains and exacerbated by a series of sandstorms and locust attacks. Photo: iStock
The flooded roadways and highways of the City of New Brunswick, New Jersey, after flooding from hurricane Ida. the second-most damaging hurricane to strike Louisiana, United States,on record, behind Hurricane Katrina. As of September 4, 91 deaths were confirmed, including 71 in the US and 20 in Venezuela. Photo: iStock
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