The flood disaster hit Germany hard, and the number of fatalities has now been revised upwards again considerably. One district alone reports 90 deaths. The news ticker.
- The death toll continues to rise.
- The flood disaster in Germany attracts many local politicians to visit.
- Police and rescue workers are hindered in their work by onlookers and bystanders. (See update from July 17, 1:27 p.m.)
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Update from July 17th, 1:05 p.m .: Have the residents of the areas affected by the flood disaster been adequately warned? In many places there were no or only a few functional sirens. A funding program set up by Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) for the countries that are responsible for disaster control in peacetime is planned but not yet implemented.
“Since the spring there have been coordination with the federal states on the funding program for the construction and upgrading of the sirens,” said Ministry spokesman Steve Alter on Saturday at the request of the dpa. The process is on the home stretch. The federal government had offered the states a total of 88 million euros. However, the federal states have to pay the maintenance costs for the systems themselves. In addition, there is currently no nationwide overview of where warning sirens are and where not.
Flood disaster in Germany: Was there insufficient warning about the storm?
But would the disaster have turned out differently with a better warning system? In an interview with the editorial network Germany, Thomas Linnertz points out the forces and unpredictable dimensions of the floods. He is President of the Supervision and Service Directorate (ADD), which coordinates disaster control in Rhineland-Palatinate.
“You can’t take as many precautionary measures as water pelted down from the sky.”
“You can’t take as many precautionary measures as water pelted down from the sky. The rivers rose so quickly that we could no longer evacuate the people. ”In addition, many people were not reached because of the cell phone and power failure, says Linnertz.
Update from July 17, 10:31 a.m.: The emergency services in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia are still on duty day and night. Both federal states were badly hit by the flood disaster. Only gradually does the extent of the accident become clear. “The operation is in full swing,” a police spokesman told the dpa on Saturday.
Flood disaster in Germany: Police complain of “flood tourists” and spectators
While they are looking for missing and injured people in the rubble, the police and rescue workers also have to deal with onlookers and onlookers. On Saturday night, the Rhein-Erft-Kreis police wrote on Twitter: “We still regularly deal with onlookers who, through their behavior, hinder the work of the rescue workers and put themselves in danger. Now is not the time to be curious. Avoid cordoned off areas. Access roads are to be kept free! “
It is not time for tours in a disaster area, “said the police in Mainz on Saturday. Because many people had only just “experienced great suffering and losses” there. During the disaster operation since Thursday, there were already disabilities by onlookers.
Initial report: Ahrweiler – The flood disaster hit Germany hard, the death toll continues to rise on day three. At least 130 people died as a result of the floods, the police put the number of fatalities in the greater Ahrweiler area alone at over 90 by Saturday morning.
Flood disaster in Germany: the number of deaths continues to rise
It is to be feared that more will be added, said the Koblenz police on Saturday. In total, the police headquarters had reports of 618 injuries. This number could also increase further. More than two days after the disaster, people are still missing. According to the NRW Interior Ministry, there were at least 43 fatalities and many injured nationwide in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Search and rescue work continues in the region. Thousands of rescue workers are still in the Eifel, where the masses of water devastated entire places on Thursday night. The electricity and telephone networks continued to fail in many localities. Relatives, friends or acquaintances who miss someone can call the police on 0800 6565651.
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is coming to the Rhein-Erft district (North Rhine-Westphalia), which has been particularly hard hit by the flood disaster, on Saturday, and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel * is planning an early visit to the heavily devastated region in Rhineland-Palatinate *.
Floods in Germany: fatalities in Erftstadt feared
It was still open until Friday evening whether there were fatalities in Erftstadt. “We assume several deaths, but do not know,” said the North Rhine-Westphalian Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU *). A particularly dramatic situation had arisen in Erftstadt-Blessem southwest of Cologne: There were huge landslides, craters formed in the ground, three residential buildings and part of the historic castle collapsed.
Laschet complained on Friday of a “flood disaster of historic proportions”. It is to be feared that the number of victims will continue to rise. His colleague from Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer (SPD *), called the situation “still extremely tense in our state”. In Trier she added: “The suffering never ends.”