As rescuers continue their hunt for missing people in Germany, the death toll has risen to at least 100.
THE DEATH TOLL FROM THE CATASTROPHIC FLOODING IN GERMANY HAS EXCEEDED 100, WHILE 23 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN BELGIAN FLOODING.
Mobile phone networks have gone down in some of the hardest-hit areas, making it harder for relatives and friends to locate their loved ones. While Germany has been hit hard by the big floods, nearly two dozen individuals in Belgium, including a 15-year-old girl, have died in flood-related accidents. According to the Ahrweiler district government in the Rhineland-Palatinate state, up to 1,300 people are missing. 103 Germans and 23 Belgians have died, according to the latest death toll.
As Germans awoke this morning, swelling floods had surged through cities and villages in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, destroying entire communities.
Houses were washed away, trees were down, and roads were reduced to rubble piles.
More houses fell in Erftstadt near Cologne early this morning, and rescue teams were struggling to assist people who had returned to their homes despite warnings to stay away, according to the Cologne district council on Facebook.
Many individuals were still in the houses, and several were missing, according to the report.
The defence minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, had declared a military emergency alert by this afternoon.
“This means that decision-making is shifted to the foreground, particularly to exactly where it is needed,” a defense ministry spokesman said.
“For example, if an armoured recovery vehicle, a military truck, or a generator are available, a unit leader on-site can now determine whether they are provided.”
Water surged into their home in Sinzig, Ahrweiler, last night, killing 12 crippled individuals.
A Rhine tributary is 100 meters from the residence run by the organization Lebenshilfe Ahrweiler.
“The residents were not alone,” the group’s managing director Stefan Möller told the BILD publication. In the building next door, we had a night watch.
“The building should have been evacuated at the request of the fire department.
“However, when the employee arrived, it was like a tidal wave – he couldn’t get out and couldn’t help.”
“It’s terrible,” he added. Our personnel are traumatized, yet they continue to assist in every way they can.
“They are also in the process of looking after the other Neuwied residents.”
The “Brinkwire Summary News” in the town of Schuld.