The report from the worldwide local weather charity Germanwatch ranked 183 international locations around the globe in line with how uncovered they’re to extreme weather occasions – comparable to heatwaves, storms and flooding – linked to local weather change.


France was ranked in the highest 20 most uncovered international locations in the world, in the identical bracket as India and Madagascar.


Almost 20,000 individuals have died in France since 1999 as a result of of extreme weather comparable to flooding, heatwaves and violent storms. France was ranked eighth in the world for the quantity of deaths brought on by extreme weather occasions per 100,000 inhabitants.


Last weekend noticed six individuals die in flash floods in south japanese France.


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In whole the Germanwatch report estimates that 500,000 individuals have died across the globe consequently of 12,000 extreme weather occasions since 1999.


The worst affected international locations in the world had been Puerto Rico, Honduras, Myanmar and Haiti.


France was ranked extremely as a result of a mixture of a number of extreme heatwaves which have proved deadly for a lot of and main flooding alongside the Mediterranean coast that has claimed dozens of lives.


The worst of these was the heatwave of 2003 throughout which 15,000 individuals died – many of them aged or remoted individuals in Paris. Further heatwaves killed 1,800 individuals in 2006 in 1,500 individuals in 2018.


The figures solely go as much as 2018 so don’t embrace the summer time of 2019, when cities throughout France noticed their highest ever recorded temperature – Paris broke all data with 42.6C – and 1,500 individuals died.


Although the temperatures in summer time 2019 had been hotter than the summer time of 2003 the demise toll was significantly decrease, most likely as a result of native authorities had been higher ready and put in in depth measures to guard the aged and weak.


On prime of the heatwaves there have additionally been a number of main floods in France since 1999, the bulk of them alongside the Mediterranean coast.



Flash flooding in Aude in 1999 induced 35 deaths, whereas coastal flooding in Gard in 2002 killed 27 individuals.


Hurricane Xynthia in 2010 left 53 individuals useless.


Each 12 months flooding causes fatalities, significantly in the south of France.


Again this whole doesn’t keep in mind floods that hit south east France during the last fortnight, killing seven individuals together with three rescue employees who died then their helicopter crashed.


“Over the past twenty years, France has experienced many storms and floods, but also very deadly heat waves because, like many European countries, it is not adapted to the occurrence of these exceptional heat waves,” says David Eckstein, one of the authors of the German examine.


The NGO estimates that extreme warmth intervals in Europe are as much as 100 instances extra seemingly than a century in the past.


“That is why European countries must adapt by reviewing the materials used for construction and considering the design of buildings that are better protected from heat,” says David Esckstein.


Meteorologist Guillaume Séchet, writer of the ebook Météo extrême, advised French newspaper Le Parisien: “Because of global warming, it is estimated that by 2100, France will experience about 20% more Mediterranean episodes.”


As the summers proceed to get extra extreme, cities like Paris are taking a look at city design that may cut back the ‘warmth sink’ impact of cities, from planting extra timber to utilizing completely different constructing supplies.


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