For those who have not been keeping up with world news reports regarding the various natural disasters that have taken place here's your wake up call. Deadly floods in both China and Europe and wild fires in Algeria and the United States are rampaging the land.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. According to the IPCC we can expect to see extreme weather in varying degrees across the globe including, "rising sea levels and an acceleration in the rate and extremity of famines, droughts, deadly heat, diseases and species extinction".
Since late July floods in China have submerged the homes of and displaced thousands. Videos encompassing the sheer immensity of the damages done are all over social media. In Central China, chilling videos of the Zhengzhou subway station flood provide a glimpse of the horror humanity is facing. Many trapped on the submerged train recorded what they thought to be, and in some cases were, their last moments as water quickly seeped through the crack of the train doors. According to CNN, thirty-three lives were lost in the Zhengzho area, twelve in which were lost in this train catastrophe.
This is what is happening in Henan, China. People are trapped in subways and trains and waiting for help. There is no food and electricity, hope they can be safe. #China #flood #Henan #Chinese #BreakingNews pic.twitter.com/zSrfsiTPO8— karenjou (@karenjou1) July 20, 2021
Waist-high water inside metro train as flash flood raging across Zhengzhou city in central China pic.twitter.com/OmIP2XYhDY— Eva 郑 عائشة (@evazhengll) July 20, 2021
Now even in August, approximately 80,000 people have been evacuated from the Sichuan Province in southwestern China as floods devastate the area. The damage have reached nearly 25 billion USD and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight.
In Algeria sheer calamity reigns since August 9th, as wildfires devastate the countryside. Approximately 65 souls have been lost since the blaze began. According to CNN, "severe heatwaves of 48 degrees Celsius (over 118 Fahrenheit) was recorded in the areas of the fire". Some authorities in the country have suspicions these fires may have been premeditatedly set and then became out of control. Others say wildfires are not a new phenomenon in that region but, however, the current raging blaze is unlike any they've ever seen.
At least 42 people killed by forest fires in #Algeria including 25 soldiers in Tizi Ouzou part of Kabylie region east of the capital.— Randa HABIB (@RandaHabib) August 11, 2021
Many other fires raged through forests in north Algeria
Forest fires in Algeria killed 42 people, including 25 soldiers deployed to help put out the blaze, the government said, as thick clouds of smoke covered much of the mountainous Kabylie region east of the capital https://t.co/iWrpEZuZJ9 1/5 pic.twitter.com/TixvDc75IY— Reuters (@Reuters) August 11, 2021
There is a climate crisis and the planet is on fire. Here are conditions in Algeria. pic.twitter.com/ARc6BwnCOH— 𝕵σєуաяєƈκ'ˢ Ɗуѕтσριαη Ƒυтυяє 🙃 (@joeywreck) August 11, 2021
In the United States, the now named Dixie Fire has now been marked as the largest wild fire this nation has ever seen. Dixie has now scorched approximately 50,000 acres of land in Northern California with no end in sight to its pervasion of the land. Californias regular wildfire season has said to be exacerbated by the extreme drought the land has been faced with.
Twitter users took to the platform to share their thoughts on the major natural disasters that we seemingly haven't seen a break in yet.
Wildfires in Turkey, Greece and Siberia— RoelTusha_10 (@RoelTusha) August 5, 2021
Drought in Angola and Madagascar
Floods in Germany, Belgium, China and Uganda
And so more recently
Climate crisis isn't a looming threat. It's here! If we don't change, these will be the new normal.#ClimateCrisis#ClimateEmergency pic.twitter.com/FYNtXbt2nG
Our planet is warming faster than expected, #ClimateCrisis everywhere— Fridays For Future Uganda (@Fridays4FutureU) August 5, 2021
As disaster after disaster occur at such an alarming rate many wonder if the "end of days" has arrived and if these disasters are a sign of something more, possibly the rapture. One can only hope the damages that have been dealt to the earth and its ecosystems is reversible, but many fear we may be too late. We must ask ourselves at what point will the pacifistic mindset many carry within society change to one of acknowledgement and preparation? And when will these natural disasters start to become "unnatural", at least to the point of warranting actual concern from the public?
Written by Precious Onukwuli