The heavy rain events in Rhineland-Palatinate, North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria show how dangerous extreme weather can be in Germany. Looking back, it becomes clear what effects large amounts of precipitation can have.
According to the German Insurance Association (GDV), heavy rain alone caused 6.7 billion euros in damage to residential buildings between 2002 and 2017.
A heavy rain series in the early summer of 2016 was particularly devastating, causing property damage of over a billion euros. Extreme rain events happen regularly, like the infographic from Statista and Technology Review shows.
Another GDV statistic shows that the resulting threat really affects us all. According to this, around two thirds of the houses in Germany fall into the heavy rain hazard class.
Around twelve percent of the addresses are in a “high risk” area. The cities of Wuppertal and Hagen, affected by the current flood, are among the five major cities with the highest proportion of particularly endangered buildings.