As if the earth were cut off and tons of soil absorbed everything. A severe landslide, following severe weather, struck homes Friday morning in an area near Cologne. Many were dead and others were missing, local officials said.
In Erfstadt-Fleische municipality, “houses were often washed away and some collapsed. Many are missing, ”a tweet from the municipal Cologne community said. A spokesman told the AFP several deaths had been “confirmed”.
“Emergency calls are coming from homes, but help is often not possible,” officials said of the area, which is about 40 kilometers from Cologne.
This phenomenon will further increase the death toll in North Rhine-Westphalia, which is most affected by the deadly weather, neighboring Rhineland-Palatinate.
Number of deaths Currently counted as at least 81 Various officers and emergency services are constantly searching for the missing.