The victims of the devastating floods that hit Germany have risen to 81 . Official sources report it. The toll has risen to at least 81 after authorities in Rhineland-Palatinate, the most affected region, announced that the deaths in that area have risen to 50 . “The number of victims has risen to 50,” from 28 the day before, said the spokesman for the region’s interior ministry, Timo Haungs.
Meanwhile, in Germany, another 1,300 people are missing in the district of Bad Neuahr-Ahrweiler, in Rhineland-Palatinate, hit by the flood. This was confirmed to ANSA by a spokeswoman for the local administration, who however immediately specified: “the mobile telephone network is on a tailspin, and therefore many people are unable to reach their relatives”. The spokesperson also said there are other victims, but no other budgets are provided for now.
Two days of uninterrupted rain and the budget in Germany is an unprecedented catastrophe. The swelling and flooding of many small and medium-sized streams in the western Laender of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate have freed enormous masses of water from the destructive force. The lifeless bodies of the drowned have come out of different places, the floods have claimed victims in the basements of the houses, in the streets, among the rescuers. But the force of water and mud has also dragged dozens and dozens of houses down. There are those who took refuge on the roofs of houses or trees. Bad weather has not only affected Germany : floods have also occurred in Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
The death toll from the floods that devastated large areas of Belgium is still rising. The dead have risen to 12 and 5 people are still missing . Over 20,000 people are without electricity. The largest number of victims was reported in the province of Liege. The center of the city was evacuated last night for fear of the overflow of the Meuse whose level now seems to have stabilized. The country is in shock due to a phenomenon that the media define as having historical proportions.
The images of the landscape and of the affected German towns are difficult to put into words. Strips of land completely devastated. Destroyed buildings and shops. Cars on the street run over by the current are the least in the scenario of a natural disaster of this magnitude. The hundreds of people put in safety on boats in Kordel, a village located along a tributary of the Moselle, represent the positive aspect of a day that saw at least 18 deaths in the center of Bad Neunahr-Ahrweiler and 20 in Euskirchen, near Cologne.
Angela Merkel, engaged in Washington on her latest state visit to the US for a bilateral meeting with Joe Biden, suspended her mission to speak from the American capital and personally express condolences for the victims. “It’s a tragedy,” the chancellor said without debunking. “They are hours in which talking about heavy rain and flooding describes the situation in an insufficient way. It is truly a catastrophe”, Merkel insisted. “I am shocked by the news that comes to me from places submerged by water, where people in great emergency are saved or saved. Every effort will be made to find the missing”, she added, promising among other things the necessary aid for reconstruction. , in a context for now of incalculable damage. Germany received messages of solidarity from other nations and offers of help. The Pope said he was “deeply affected” and “praying” for “the people who have lost their lives”. Italy, through Palazzo Chigi and the Farnesina, has ensured all the necessary support to the governments, not only the German one, which must face this emergency. The floods shook Germany’s domestic political agenda. “We have not yet experienced a catastrophe of this kind”, commented the president of the Palatinate Malu Dreyer, “and what is happening is truly disastrous”. The president of Westphalia, Armin Laschet, suspended the electoral campaign as a candidate for chancellor of the CDU and went to the places most affected by the emergency, such as Altena and Hagen,
Many politicians, such as Deputy Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and candidate Green Chancellor Annalena Baerbock, have interrupted the holidays. While in the streets of western Germany thousands of firefighters, policemen, army soldiers, united of the Technische Hilfswerk, mobilized to help the affected populations. The Bundeswehr used tanks and dozens of helicopters were used to fly over the disaster areas. There is no shortage, even in the heat, of controversies in several directions. This time the local and regional public TVs have come under accusation – Bild reports – for not having given news and warnings on what was happening last night in time. And in the debate on climate change and the
The pictures from the #flood areas are shocking. My thoughts are with the victims and their families
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