Storms keep Germany in suspense. It was hard to blame the Eifel town. Six houses are said to have collapsed here, and a number of people are missing.
9.34 a.m .: A 77-year-old man from Kamen died in the floods in North Rhine-Westphalia. The man died in the submerged basement of his house, the police said on Thursday. There were no indications of third-party negligence. The criminal police are investigating the circumstances of death.
Floods in Germany: the number of missing people rises to almost 70
9.30 a.m .: In the Eifel town of Schuld in the Ahrweiler district, which was badly hit by the floods, the number of missing people has now risen to almost 70, according to the Koblenz police. There were reportedly six houses collapsed on Thursday night. A large number of houses are unstable and there is a risk of collapse. The disaster had been declared. At least four people were killed, according to the police.
The entire district of Ahrweiler in Rhineland-Palatinate was affected by the storm, said the spokesman. Several places were therefore cut off from the outside world because of the flood. The four dead were found in various locations in the county. Around 50 people are still on the roofs of houses and need to be rescued.
Flooding in the Eifel: Laschet cancels his exam visit and returns to North Rhine-Westphalia
9.16 a.m .: CDU boss Armin Laschet has canceled his planned visit to the retreat of the CSU regional group in Seeon because of the dramatic flood situation in the Eifel. The State Chancellery announced in Düsseldorf on Thursday. Laschet broke off his trip through southern Germany and returned to North Rhine-Westphalia that night.
On Thursday morning, Laschet wanted to visit the city of Hagen, which was particularly hard hit by the storms, to get an idea of the situation there with the mayor on the crisis team. The State Chancellery also said that the Prime Minister wanted to find out about the consequences and further developments of the storms in North Rhine-Westphalia after his visit to Hagen and to force possible aid from the state.
Laschet had discussed the cancellation of the visit to the CSU retreat with CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt and the CSU chairman Markus Söder. He connected this with the promise to meet with the CSU regional group in August, it said.
Flood in the Eifel: four people dead in the Ahrweiler district
Update from July 15, 7:50 a.m .: The Ahrweiler district was hit particularly hard by the storms, not least because of the disaster in the village of Schuld. In connection with the weather events, at least four people were killed in the district, as the Koblenz police announced. According to the dpa the victims were found in several places.
The situation is still dramatic, especially in the village of Schuld bei Adenau. The number of missing people has meanwhile increased. According to AFP, the police are now speaking of 50 to 60 people who are missing there alone. Numerous other people are also on their roofs, waiting to be rescued. The operations are in full swing.
First report: Guilt – Even on Wednesday evening and on Thursday night, strong storms severely affected large parts of Germany. The place Schuld bei Adenau in the Eifel is extremely affected. Again SWR reports, six houses are said to have collapsed here during the night. Quite a few people are missing.
This is probably due to floods and heavy rainfalls. According to the police, about 30 people are missing, reports the SWR further. How many people are exactly missing is unclear. According to a police spokesman, the situation is very confusing. And a continuation of the drama does not seem entirely out of the question. Accordingly, 25 other houses are probably unstable and threatened to collapse.
Storm drama in the Eifel: the entire region was hit hard
In general, the Eifel was hit hard by the storm. In the Bitburg-Prüm district, according to the Eifekreis in Waxweiler, five people are stuck in a house that is completely surrounded by water, reports the SWR. According to a spokesman for the Eifelkreis, the situation is dramatic and the house can no longer be reached by boat. You wait for the air ambulance.
Several other incidents have been reported. For example, two employees of the technical relief organization in Messerich were trapped by the water on the way to the action and are now waiting for help on the roof of their car. Inner cities were also completely flooded in neighboring districts, bridges and roads closed. (han)
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