After the flood disaster, the authorities have come under fire. Horst Seehofer defends them and calls the attacks “very cheap campaign rhetoric”.
Update from July 19, 5:15 p.m .: Was the population in the areas affected by the storms in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia not warned in good time despite the information available? Critics accuse the German authorities of this. There are even demands for resignation against Horst Seehofer (see first report). But the Federal Minister of the Interior from the ranks of the CSU has now defended disaster control.
Some of the criticism currently being expressed can be attributed to “very cheap campaign rhetoric,” said Seehofer on Monday, according to the AFP during a visit to the Steinbachtalbrücke in Euskirchen. This is almost shabby. Seehofer also announced that after the acute crisis situation had been dealt with, the disaster control processes would be processed.
Seehofer said that the reporting channels around the storm disaster had worked after his information from the federal government. At the level of the federal states, he does not want to interfere.
Criticism of crisis management: Unknown phenomena not in the disaster plans
North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) said during the joint visit with Seehofer that the crisis teams of the affected districts had already reacted to the warning from the German Weather Service, each differently depending on the local conditions. “We will investigate in retrospect, where the reporting channels can be even better,” announced Laschet. He was told, however, that completely different phenomena occurred during this storm than were stated in the disaster plans.
In the Rhein-Erft district, for example, an undermined gravel pit triggered the problems; this was not part of the normal flood plans. “That is why a detailed analysis will be necessary,” said Laschet. It must be examined where the disaster control can be improved. Laschet is also heavily criticized for his crisis management. CDU politician Philipp Amthor also complained about an “unobjective election campaign” on Monday. He is in need of an explanation because of a photo.
Flood: “unforgivable mistake” before catastrophe in Germany? Left demands Seehofer’s resignation
First report from July 19, 10.30 a.m .: Ahrweiler / Berlin – A severe storm catastrophe has struck Germany in the past few days. Many people lost their lives. North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Bavaria * were particularly hard hit. There are said to have been flood warnings four days before the first tidal waves. As the Times reported, signs of disaster were detected by a satellite nine days ago. It circled 800 kilometers above the hills around the Rhine. A team of scientists is said to have sent precise predictions to the German authorities. Experts are now criticizing the fact that despite the warning as to which districts will be affected by the floods, many victims were completely surprised by the flood.
Because loud focus.de Despite warnings from the German Weather Service (DWD) and other meteorologists, many people, especially in the Ahr Valley, had no idea of the disaster that was imminent. Therefore, it must now be worked out when and to what extent the authorities warned of the flood and began the evacuation measures.
Floods in Germany: Left calls for Horst Seehofer’s resignation
There are currently allegations on the part of the Left Party, the FDP and SPD politician Karl Lauterbach. Left party leader Susanne Hennig-Wellsow said the federal government had not taken the warning seriously or it had not been forwarded to the responsible authorities with the necessary emphasis. “Both would be unforgivable and a serious political mistake. And given the extent of the catastrophe, it weighs so heavily that a resignation of the responsible minister is more than appropriate, ”quoted the FAZ Hennig-Wellsow.
Flood disaster in Germany: FDP speaks of “system failure”
FDP parliamentary group vice Michael Theurer spoke of “system failure” and sees serious failures in civil protection. “The timely warnings of the meteorologists have not been adequately communicated to the citizens either by the authorities or by public broadcasters,” said Theurer of the dpa. He mainly blamed Seehofer for the failure.
Floods in Germany: Sharp criticism from Lauterbach – “Just as badly prepared as with pandemic protection”
Lauterbach was also critical and said: “We are just as ill-prepared for disaster control as we are for pandemic protection.” You have to be prepared for the fact that there will be more natural disasters and pandemics in the future. For this, the infrastructure must be expanded. Civil protection plays a central role in this.
This was meanwhile defended by Armin Schuster, head of the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief (BBK). “Our warning infrastructure worked in the federal government,” said Schuster on Sunday evening in the ZDF’s “heute journal”. “The German Meteorological Service gave relatively good warnings.” The problem is that it is often not possible to say half an hour in advance which place it will hit with what amount of rain. 150 warning messages were sent via warning apps.
Seehofer himself is on his way to the crisis regions. During the day (July 19) he visits a hospital in Ahrweiler. According to the Technical Relief Agency (THW), he wants to get an impression of the work in the areas particularly affected by the flood disaster. Before that, he visited emergency services in North Rhine-Westphalia at the Steinbach dam, which has been threatened for days. (jbr / dpa)
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