This aerial picture taken on July 16, 2021, shows the Maas river in Maaseik, northern Belgium, where the situation remains critical as the water keep rising after the heavy rainfall of the previous days.
ERIC LALMAND/BELGA/AFP via Getty Images The past week has seen extreme weather strike around the world.China and Europe are fighting flooding while the US, Canada, and Russia have huge fires.Worsening extreme weather is a consequence of the climate crisis, experts say.For more stories visit Business Insider.Extreme weather is striking all over the world, illustrating how vulnerable swathes of humanity are natural disasters.Some events – like wildfires sweeping the western US – are seasonal, while others came as a total surprise.China and Western Europe were both hit by devastating floods in the past week, with a death toll beyond 100. In wooded eareas of Canada, the US, and Russia, vast swathes of land are ablaze.Lethal flooding hit ChinaAt least 16 people were dead in extreme flooding in the city of Zhengzhou, Reuters reported Wednesday.Vehicles are stranded in floodwater near Zhengzhou Railway Station, July 20, 2021. Video showed people trapped in a flooded subway car, and Reuters reported a flooded subway line was where 12 of those people died. Photos also show roads completely flooded.7æœˆ20æ—¥æ™šï¼Œéƒ‘å·žæš´é›¨åœ°é“5å·çº¿ä¸€è½¦åŽ¢å¤šäººè¢«å›°ï¼Œæ°´ä½æ·¹è¿‡è‚©è†€ã€‚æ ¹æ®éƒ‘å·žåœ°é“æ™šä¸Šå‘å¸ƒçš„æ¶ˆæ¯ï¼Œå—æŒç»æš´é›¨å½±å“ï¼Œéƒ‘å·žåœ°é“å…¨çº¿ç½‘è½¦ç«™å·²æš‚åœè¿è¥æœåŠ¡ï¼Œæ¶ˆé˜²äººå‘˜æ£åœ¨æ•‘æ´ã€‚ pic.twitter.com/wCiz7TGhki— The Paper æ¾Žæ¹ƒæ–°é—» (@thepapercn) July 20, 2021Western Europe floodedAt the same time, Germany, Belgium, and Austria were dealing with the aftermath of devastating flooding that collapsed houses and turned roads into rivers.The death toll as of Wednesday was more than 200 following flooding more severe than any to hit for decades.A woman walks past cars and rubble piled up in a street after the floods caused major damage in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany, on July 16, 2021. CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images The UK and Ireland are also experiencing heatwaves. In the UK, the weather office issued its first-ever extreme heat warning.Oregon is battling a huge fireOregon is battling a fire so big that it can be seen from space and is creating its own weather.NOAA satellite images show the Bootleg Fire in Oregon. The Bootleg Fire in the south of the state is the US’s biggest wildfire so far this year, and has burned more than 340,000 acres, The New York Times reported.-AFP News Agency (@AFP) July 20, 2021Canada fighting fire tooNearly 300 fires were burning across the province of British Columbia on Tuesday, and evacuation orders affected around 5,700 people, CBC reported.There were also fires in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario, according to Global News. Canada recently had its hottest-ever day, in a heatwave so severe it caused hundreds of deaths and boiled shellfish in their shells.-Sarah Mayer (@sarahmayer) July 20, 2021Siberia is also ablazeForest fires have burned through 3.7 million acres of land in the north-east of Siberia, Russia, The Guardian reported.-AccuWeather (@accuweather) July 15, 2021Smoke has covered cities and towns, and forced the airport to close.One person living in an affected village told The Guardian: “Emergency workers have come and villagers are also fighting the fires but they can’t put them out, they can’t stop them. Everything is on fire.”It is difficult to directly attribute individual weather events to the climate crisis. But experts are clear that longterm shifts in cliamte, caused by human activity, are making such events more frequent and severe .Get the best of our site emailed to you every weekday.Go to the Business Insider front page for more stories.