Floods in Germany: Man overslept the Erftstadt landslide – the house is on the edge of the spoil

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Bavaria and Saxony are now also affected by the storm. In the west the water level is falling. The all-clear cannot yet be given. The news ticker for all of Germany.

  • Construction work begins in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia. A man in Erftstadt slept through the landslide – and was lucky. (July 18, update 3:53 p.m.)
  • The number of victims rises to almost 160. (Update July 18, 8:36 p.m.)
  • In the Bavarian town of Passau, water levels are expected to rise even further (Update July 18, 5:40 p.m.)
  • Olaf Scholz announced financial aid in the billions on Sunday (Initial report).
  • This ticker is continuously updated.

The number of victims in Germany rises to almost 160

Update from July 18, 8:36 p.m .: The number of confirmed fatalities in Germany rose to almost 160 at the weekend. While the water masses in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia declined in many places and cleanup work is in progress, heavy rains in southeast Bavaria, Saxon Switzerland and Austria caused further floods and landslides. Although they were not as large as in the west – but the situation in Bavaria was still tense on Sunday.

During her visit to the disaster area, Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was a “surreal, ghostly situation” and “The German language hardly knows a word for the devastation that was wrought here.”

Cell phone reception back in crisis areas – More than 700 missing persons cases resolved

Update 6:28 p.m .: The cell phone providers Telefónica Deutschland and Vodafone said they were able to restore the cell phone network damaged by the storm in many places. Telefónica said on Sunday that technicians had been working on it continuously since Friday. In the meantime, the cellular network has been repaired at more than two thirds of the locations that were affected by a power failure. Vodafone announced on Sunday that less than ten percent of Vodafone customers were still without cell phone reception.

In places particularly badly affected by the flooding, Telefónica is relying on mobile base stations and using emergency power generators to supply the cell phone masts with electricity, the company explained. “However, we would like to point out that cell phone coverage has not yet reached the same capacity everywhere as before the flood,” said a spokesman. Therefore, communication with friends and family should be reduced to the bare minimum out of consideration for other affected mobile phone customers.

Returning to the cellular network also helps in finding missing people. In North Rhine-Westphalia, the police reached more than 700 missing persons by phone. The police announced on Sunday that a large number of the missing persons reports received by the Cologne police were cleared up.

Water levels in Passau continue to rise – flood warning for Munich’s Isar

Update from July 18, 5:40 p.m.: In the flood-hit areas in southern Bavaria, precipitation should weaken in many places until the early evening hours. The DWD announced this on Sunday. Nevertheless, the flood situation in the south and east of Bavaria remains tense until Monday, because more heavy rain is to be expected locally, and extreme flash floods cannot be ruled out.

Passau is also a major concern. The water levels are expected to rise even further here, and the highest reporting level four may be reached. The highest level should be reached at night – the Danube should exceed a mark of eight meters. This could lead to major flooding in built-up areas.

But also for Munich and the surrounding area there is now a flood warning for the Isar after the heavy rain in the Alpine region.
At the Munich / Isar gauge, the Bavarian flood intelligence service expected that the river would briefly exceed reporting level two on Monday morning – that means warning of floods and “embankments”.

Floods in Austria lead to evacuations

In Austria, too, the flood situation remained tense on Sunday. Masses of water flooded parts of the old town of Hallein near Salzburg on the Bavarian border on Saturday evening. Dozens of residents had to leave their apartments on Sunday as a precaution. In Kufstein in Tyrol, too, parts of the city were under water.

Söder affected at the Königssee: Nobody is left alone

Update from July 18, 5:30 p.m .: In Bavaria, too, Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) has promised help and support for the people affected by the flood. “We don’t leave anyone alone, certainly not,” said Söder on Sunday afternoon in Schönau am Koenigssee. Regardless of the prospect of federal aid, Bavaria will also consider how to help. “We mourn for all the victims, we pray with the relatives, we wish all those who are still affected all the best,” said Söder. He also thanked the rescue workers who did superhuman efforts.

Erftstadt: “I was totally exhausted” – man slept through landslides

Update from July 18, 3:53 p.m .: Erftstadt is one of the areas hardest hit by the floods. As the weather slowly improves, more and more individual stories and fates become known. This is also the case with Bernd Dudeck: His house is right on the edge of the slide where several houses were torn away in a landslide. He was only woken up in the morning and hadn’t noticed the landslide that night. He was completely at the end of the night before, the floods that came into his house. His basement with his office was under water, and water came through the windows.

“Several times there was creaking in the roof beams. Many homeowners are familiar with this, there is a brief cracking, and then it’s quiet again. But this time was different. The creak lasted ten, fifteen seconds. As if the whole house was moving. I knew then that something bad was going on, ”the man opens up Focus Online quoted. In the meantime, he was staying with friends and worried about his currently uninhabited house, which he had to leave within just 20 minutes.

Storms and floods in Germany: the death toll in RLP and NRW is more than 150

First report: Koblenz / Bonn – people stand in front of the ruins of their existence, clear the destroyed remains of the storm with all their might. In the worst flood disaster in Germany for decades, countless houses were destroyed in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia. Bridges, roads and railways lie in rubble and mud.

Four days after the start of the devastating catastrophe, the death toll in the hardest hit federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate has risen to more than 150. According to the police, at least 110 people were killed and 670 injured in the Ahrweiler district alone. In North Rhine-Westphalia, the number of confirmed fatalities by Sunday was 45, including four firefighters.

Floods in Germany: Reconstruction begins after the floods – pictures of mud and rubble

© dpa / Thomas Frey

Flood disaster in Germany: Search for missing persons continues – no all-clear yet

The emergency services are still looking for the dead and injured, so that the number of victims could increase even further. In Rhineland-Palatinate, the search for missing persons in the air continues. Helicopters have taken aerial photographs of the affected area. The search of the entire site should be completed on Sunday by nightfall.

While the water masses are slowly receding in both federal states, the situation remains tense. No further storms have been announced, but there is still a risk of new landslides or dam bursts as a result of the disaster.

Flood catastrophe in North Rhine-Westphalia: Further danger from a dam break and crater

This is also the case in Erftstadt near Cologne, where many people are looking for their relatives in the rubble. (95 missing as of Sunday, 12 noon). The Blessem district is also of concern. A huge crater was created here by the floods. At least three houses and part of the castle collapsed. Experts should check the stability of the underground on Sunday.

Blessem: Experts should examine the edge of the huge crater – the result of a landslide.

© Christoph Reichwein / Imago

Also at Euskirchen an der Steinbachtalsperre southwest of Bonn in North Rhine-Westphalia no all-clear can be given. The dam threatens to break here. So far, the water has been draining off more slowly than hoped. Water is drained from the dam to relieve pressure from the dam.

Olaf Scholz promises financial aid for flood areas: billions are at stake

But even when these dangers have been removed, a huge challenge awaits West Germany: reconstruction. Federal Finance Minister * Olaf Scholz (SPD *) promised emergency aid in the three-digit million range on Sunday. “It takes a national show of strength,” he told the Bild newspaper. The SPD politician referred to past crises and announced emergency aid and the basis of a development program. It would be billions.

Severe storms in Bavaria and Saxony: floods, floods and landslides

While residents, fire brigade, police and rescue workers in the west of the country are still struggling with the consequences of the flood, the storm also hit parts of Bavaria and Saxony on Saturday evening. Heavy rain caused flooding in the Berchtesgadener Land * as well as in neighboring Austria. Operations manager Anton Brandner spoke of dramatic scenes. Images of a torrent through an Austrian city center * caused a sensation. Two people were killed in Bavaria. According to the district, one victim died of a natural cause.

In parts of Saxony, too, immense rainfall caused floods and landslides. Locally, more than 100 liters per square meter fell within 24 hours. In Saxon Switzerland, several localities of cities and municipalities were temporarily inaccessible. (vs/dpa)*Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

List of rubric lists: © Thomas Frey

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