Federal President Steinmeier wants to be present on site, as well as Chancellor Merkel and Green candidate Baerbock. The latter, according to a spokeswoman, without media support.
Update from July 17th, 1:14 p.m.: Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Rhineland-Palatinate on Sunday (see previous update)as the dpa had meanwhile confirmed by the State Chancellery in Mainz. On Monday, Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer also wants to visit the state and North Rhine-Westphalia, which was also hard hit by the floods.
Update from July 17th, 12:23 p.m.: The plan for Merkel’s trip to the flood areas (see first report) apparently stands. According to information from Picture on sunday (BamS) she is supposed to fly to Schuld in Rhineland-Palatinate on Sunday (July 18). There she will be accompanied by the Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Dreyer.
Flood disaster in Germany: Merkel and Steinmeier in flood areas
Our first report from July 17th: Erftstadt – German top politicians travel to the disaster areas. To where the devastation after the devastating floods will be felt and seen for a long time. After Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet *, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier also wants to be there in the particularly hard hit North Rhine-Westphalia. According to the dpa, Chancellor Angela Merkel * is planning an early visit to the no less destroyed Rhineland-Palatinate.
Steinmeier is accompanied by Laschet. You want to get an idea in the fire brigade control center of Erftstadt. More than a hundred people died in the two federal states as a result of the floods, and many more are missing. Cars and houses were washed away. In some cases there was even lootingreported 24hamburg.de *.
Politicians travel to flood areas – Green Chancellor candidate Baerbock without the press
Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock also canceled her summer vacation to find out about the situation on site – but without media support. According to a spokeswoman, Baerbock arrived in Mainz on Friday and deliberately refrained from appearing.
Baerbock tweeted: “The conversations get under your skin. As before, not all places have been reached, people are further cut off. At the same time there is an unbelievable solidarity to help, to take in those affected at home and to support them. ”For Saturday there are further dates for Baerbock in NRW.
Floods in Germany in 2021: Laschet speaks of a “historic flood disaster”
CDU * politician 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.”
According to the Green parliamentary group leader Anton Hofreiter, Germany must improve its climate protection measures. He said that RND-Zeitungen vom Saturday: “Studies show that events such as the devastating heat waves in North America or the flood disaster in Germany are more likely and more severe due to the climate crisis. We have to saddle up in all areas when it comes to climate protection. ”
The EU climate package * is a good starting point. “At the same time, we need an active precautionary policy in order to adapt to the new climatic conditions,” said Hofreiter – in other words, more and more ecological flood protection, surface unsealing and heat-adapted cities. (dpa / AFP / frs) * Merkur.de and 24hamburg.de are offers from IPPEN.MEDIA