Heavy storms also in Bavaria and Saxony «kleinezeitung.at

The storms leave a trail of devastation. © (c) AFP (CHRISTOF STACHE)

Thunderstorms had in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate leave a trail of desolation – more than 150 people died by the floods, currently there are 156 confirmed fatalities. Alone in District of Ahrweiler According to the police, at least 110 people were killed, 670 were injured. In North Rhine-Westphalia, the number of confirmed fatalities by Sunday was 45, including four firefighters.

While there and in the southwest of North Rhine-Westphalia the masses of water have retreated in many places, new rains caused in Southeast Bavaria and the Saxon Switzerland and for floods. The Berchtesgadener Land is particularly affected. “Vehicles on the streets became the plaything of the water masses”, reported a chief of operations. More heavy rain is predicted for Sunday.

Merkel in the disaster area: “ghostly images”

Chancellor Angela Merkel During their visit to the areas in Rhineland-Palatinate that were badly hit by the floods, (CDU) announced that aid would be quick. “We stand by your side, federal and state”, she said on Sunday in Adenau in the Ahrweiler district. The federal government and the state would work hand in hand. She had come to get a real picture of the surreal, “ghostly pictures” on the spot, said Merkel.

The German language hardly knows any words “for the havoc that is here.” The Chancellor was accompanied by the Prime Minister of Mainz, Malu Dreyer (SPD), among others. The storm disaster in the Ahrweiler district has so far 110 people were killed and 670 injured. In addition, 46 fatalities were registered in North Rhine-Westphalia according to the current status.

In the meantime, Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in the disaster area. Photo © (c) AFP (CHRISTOF STACHE)

Search for fatalities and injuries

In the affected regions it will continue to fall Dead and injured wanted so that the number of victims could increase even further. Power and telephone lines are partly interrupted. Many houses were destroyed in the worst flood disaster in Germany for decades. Bridges, roads and railways are in ruins.

In Erftstadt To the west of Cologne, numerous people are still looking for their relatives. So far, according to the city, the “personal information center” 59 people reported whose whereabouts are uncertain. 16 of them come from Erftstadt. The residents are now allowed to use water in moderation again. “A shower or a necessary washing machine are no problem”, reported the city on Sunday. However, if there is a backlog of water in the house or apartment, consumption must be reduced again.

In the Blessem district, experts want to check the stability of the subsoil on Sunday. According to the city, you should examine the edges of a landslide. The situation remains tense. The floods had created a huge crater in Blessem. At least three houses and part of the castle collapsed. Although the entire district has been evacuated, many people try due to false reports to return to their homes. “This is by no means possible, there is still mortal danger,” a spokesman for the Rhein-Erft district clarified on Sunday lunchtime.

There was a setback Euskirchen an der Steinbachtalsperre southwest of Bonn. There the water drains off more slowly than expected. Therefore, experts should examine the situation of the Dam threatened by a rupture reassess, as the district government of Cologne announced. As it now became known the decision is postponed to Monday, when the residents of the evacuated areas can return to their homes. The authorities had actually hoped to be able to give the all-clear on Sunday afternoon. Water is drained from the dam to relieve pressure from the dam.

Hundreds of millions of euros in emergency aid

NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) on Saturday with the Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier had visited the disaster area in Erftstadt, promised direct aid to those affected and promised that “money paid out very unbureaucratically” will. Steinmeier had called for solidarity and donations.

Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) promised emergency aid in the hundreds of millions. “It takes a national show of strength,” he told “Bild am Sonntag”. On Wednesday, the Vice Chancellor wants to put two things on the table in the cabinet: “First, emergency aid, which was significantly more than during the last flood 300 million euros necessary. So much is needed now, “explained Scholz.” Second, we have to create the basis for a development program so that the destroyed houses, streets and bridges can be repaired quickly. As we know from the previous catastrophe, it is billions of euros. “

100 liters of water per square meter

According to official information, there were in the flood area in Berchtesgadener Land 890 assistants in action in the particularly affected locations. Operations manager Anton Brandner spoke of dramatic scenes. Heavy rains had overflowed the river Ache on Saturday evening and caused slopes to slide. Two people were killed. According to the district, one victim died of a natural cause. But that could also be related to the storm.

Huge rainfall caused floods and landslides in parts of Saxony on Saturday. Locally more than fell within 24 hours 100 liters per square meter. In Saxon Switzerland, several localities of cities and municipalities were temporarily inaccessible. The railway line between Bad Schandau and the Czech town of Decin – part of the Berlin-Dresden-Prague connection – was closed. The situation eased on Sunday.

Whole areas of land have been devastated, places cut off from the outside world, houses washed away: at least 156 people died after storms in western Germany. Numerous are missing.

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“We have never seen such a catastrophe. It is really devastating, ”said Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) in Mainz.

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Streets were flooded, cellars overflowed.

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Rescuers brought people to safety in flooded areas, some with boats.

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Many sought protection from the floods on trees and house roofs, and rescue helicopters were in action.

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The storms leave a trail of devastation.

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The Bundeswehr is advancing with armored recovery vehicles and heavy clearance equipment to repair the damage.

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“Water shoots out of the mountains”

The situation is dramatic, said a spokesman for the integrated control center Traunstein. The water shoots from the mountains, at the same time the water levels of the river Ache rose. The places particularly affected were Berchtesgaden, Bischofswiesen, Schönau am Königssee, Marktschellenberg and Ramsau in the far south-east of Bavaria. There the water overflowed in places and flooded streets. Slopes slipped. Individual houses therefore had to be cleared, said Rothenbuchner. “Emergency calls are constantly coming in”, said a police spokesman in Rosenheim.

Media reported from Record water levels on the Ache – by 10 p.m. they were already around 3.75 meters. show pictures Streetsthat are in raging brooks transform. People wade knee-deep in the water. The fire brigade is on duty every few hundred meters, reports an eyewitness. Tractors cleared debris. Sometimes the water is up to 50 centimeters high.

Likewise in Chamerau in the Oberpfalz the Roßbach overflowed its banks due to heavy rain. A building was protected from the water with sandbags, said a police spokesman. In the entire district, there were five more fire services due to full basements or flooded streets.

If we don’t tow the cars, they’ll swim as far as Austria.

Bavarian police

In Passau, the water levels in the rivers continue to rise every hour. As a precaution, the police towed cars from parking lots on the Danube, as a spokeswoman said on Sunday. Neighboring residents failed to repark their vehicles despite flood warnings. “If we don’t tow them away, they’ll swim to Austria”, said the police spokeswoman. According to the flood news service, the level of the Danube rose by almost two meters over the course of Saturday 7,80 Meter gone up. The water level in the Inn has risen in the past twelve hours from 3.30 to 5.40 meters.

Toboggan run on the Königssee “simply washed away”

The storm disaster does not stop at cult sports facilities either. So became the famous Bobsleigh and toboggan run on the Königssee badly damaged by the floods. Luge world champion and Olympic champion Felix Loch posted a picture of the destroyed racetrack on Instagram with the comment: “It hurts infinitely!”

The former luge rider Susi Erdmann also wrote on Facebook: “Unbelievable … My former home track at Koenigssee is simply washed away.” According to Thomas Schwab, Secretary General of the German Bobsleigh and Sled Association, the damage runs into the millions. “We cannot think of rail operations this winter. We hope that we can get the railroad back up by October 2022.”

High “Dana” gives hope

On the other hand, good news comes from the German Weather Service (DWD), which thanks to the high “Dana” friendlier and, above all, drier summer weather forecast. This means that there is at least a temporary reduction in the risk of storms and therefore relief in the areas that are particularly affected. According to meteorologists, however, the risk of storms is increasing for the coming weekend again clearly.

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