Drought In Europe: Rainfall Will Not Affect Low Water Levels In Germany's Rivers

Intiqab Rawoof

August 20, 2022


Experts have issued warnings for flash foods, but say the brief rainfall will not be enough to refill the country’s dry rivers. In Spain and Portugal, wildfires were finally brought under control. The rain will not be long or sustained enough, according to the German Weather Service (DWD), and will mostly be confined to the north, east and parts of the south of Germany.

At the same time, the DWD had to issue a flash flood warning for areas around the Danube river in southern Germany, which was expected to be hit with heavy rain and thunderstorms on Friday. 

Areas parched by drought suffer from increased likelihood of flash floods because of the soil’s inability to absorb water quickly.

Outside of Berlin, a forest fire that had been started by errant police munitions that raged for days was finally brought under control. However, local officials announced that large parts of the Grunewald forest would be closed to visitors for up to a year as experts combed the woods for dangerous materials that may have scattered throughout the area during the blaze.