Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-07-17 19:03:00 –
Berlin >> Rescue workers are exposed today by the retreat of water as the devastating floods in Western Europe killed more than 160 people and thought of the long task of rebuilding a devastated community in minutes. I made an effort to deal with the damage caused.
The death toll in Rhineland-Palatinate, western Germany, home to the devastated Ahrweiler county, has risen to 98. An additional 43 people were confirmed dead in the neighboring state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Belgian National Crisis Center said the country’s confirmed death toll had risen to 27.
This week, heavy rains turned small rivers and streets into raging torrents, causing devastating floods, shedding cars, swallowing homes, and trapping residents.
Immediately after the floods on Wednesday and Thursday, German authorities described a large number of people as missing. This was primarily due to disruptions in the affected areas, multiple reports, and communication issues, with some people lacking electricity and telephone services.
By Saturday, authorities were still afraid to find more dead, but said the unexplained numbers were constantly declining without providing specific figures. In Belgium, 103 people were listed as missing on Saturday, but the Crisis Center was taken to an unidentified hospital where mobile phones were lost or uncharged and had no chance to contact relatives. Said that people were considered to be a factor in the aggregation.
On the other hand, the flood receding has made access easier in many of the affected areas, revealing the extent of the damage.
After meeting rescue workers and others in the town of Erftstadt, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said, “Many people have lost everything that has built their lives. Property, Houses, overhead roofs, etc. “
“You may only be able to resolve the amount of damage you need to compensate in a matter of weeks,” he said.
Steinmeier said people in the affected areas need continuous support.
“Many people in these areas have nothing left to do but their hopes, and we must not let this hope down,” he said.
In Erftstadt, a town southwest of Cologne, a disastrous rescue operation took place on Friday when the ground in the neighborhood collapsed. At least three houses and part of the mansion in the town’s Bresem district have collapsed.
German troops used armored cars to clear up cars and trucks overwhelmed by floods on nearby roads. Some of it remained at least partially submerged. Officials feared that some people could not escape in Erftstadt, but no casualties were confirmed by Saturday afternoon.
In the Ahrweiler area, police warned of the potential risks of power line downs and urged curious visitors to stay away. They complained on Twitter that potential tourists were blocking some roads.
About 700 people were evacuated from part of the German town of Wassenberg on the Dutch border after the Ruhr river embankment broke.
Armin Laschet, Governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, visited Erftstadt with Steinmeier and promised to organize assistance to those affected immediately “in the next few days.” He said regional and federal authorities would discuss ways to support reconstruction efforts in the coming days. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet will discuss this issue on Wednesday.
“We will do everything we can to rebuild what needs to be rebuilt,” Rachette said.
In eastern Belgium, many trains and roads remained blocked.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Crew visited the flood-damaged town on Saturday.
Residents of the Belgian town of Helck de Stad said they had postponed sleeping to empty their homes.
“We’ve been pumping up all night trying to drain the house,” Elke Lenaerts told broadcaster VTM.
Floods also struck parts of the southern Netherlands, but after evacuating Thursday and Friday, thousands of residents were allowed to return home.
Interim Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who visited the area on Friday, said, “Initially there was a coronavirus and now there is a flood, and soon people will need to work on purification and restoration.” It was.
“It’s a post-disaster disaster, but we won’t abandon Limburg,” he added. His government declared the flood a state of emergency and released state funds for the affected people.
Among other efforts to help flood victims, the disaster-based Hertog Jan brewery allows locals to lift their belongings off the ground to protect them from the flood. We handed out 3,000 beer boxes.
The emergency levees in the town of Horn were not retained and some homes were flooded. Authorities warned against approaching the Meuse River due to debris. Rescue teams worked to save cows that had their necks stuck in muddy water.
On the other end of Germany, floods struck Saturday evening after torrential rains crossed the border between the Zezischeschweitz region near Dresden and the Czech Republic.
Roads, basements and railroad tracks were flooded and trains were cut off between the Czech town of Děčín and Germany’s Bad Shandau. Summer camps for Czech children had to evacuate.
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