So we had a couple of monsoons this weekend, did you notice? The first one hit on Saturday. Not your pedestrian Scandinavian monsoon, more like hammers and nails from a vengeful sky, and more water in two hours than we would get in two months. Plus crazy thunder, massive lightning (5000+) and hail. If you don't count a hundred thousand rats, there were no fatalities, but judging from the footage there just as easily could have been. Especially if anyone had been caught in some of those drowned cars. The sewer system burst in several places, streets and highways were flooded, and basements and businesses all over Copenhagen have been more or less destroyed.
I always thought of heavy rain as a "clean" disaster, but not so. It is dirty, contaminated and smells like death, wrecking everything in its path much the same way fire does. In a way we have been lucky in this part of the world, with so little exposure to extreme climate, but that is changing fast. Is it terrible to wish this had happened pre-COP15? If it could have secured a better outcome? I can't help but think that this is the price we pay for neglecting the climate situation. And that we have only seen the tip of the iceberg.
Salvaged goods in the street today.
(Forget about decent monsoon shots, have you ever tried to capture falling rain? Ugh!)