October 21, 2021

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Nine people have died and dozens are missing in Germany after bad weather

Heavy rains and floods in West Germany have killed nine people and left dozens missing, and on Thursday, July 15, hundreds of firefighters were mobilized to rescue residents in several affected areas.

The number may grow heavier. Thus, in the municipality of Schultz, south of the city of Bonn, six houses collapsed across the river, leaving 50 to 60 policemen missing. Four people were killed at the scene and other houses were threatened with collapse, Cobblens (Rhineland-Baltinate) police said. Residents in the area have been urged to send police videos and photos that could provide information about missing relatives.

Further north, in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, two firefighters died in the intervention, while two men drowned in a flooded cellar. 135,000 homes in the region, the most populous region in Germany, are without electricity. Authorities evacuated nearly 500 patients from the Leverkusen clinic due to a lack of electricity.

Heavy rains in western Germany have caused rivers to swell, trees to be torn down, and roads and houses to be flooded. Aid is trying to evacuate the victims, many of whom have taken refuge on the roofs of houses. But many accesses are blocked, complicating operations. Authorities asked residents to stay at home if possible “Move to top sites if needed”.

Belgium and Luxembourg are also affected

“This is a disaster! The dead, the missing and many more are in danger.”, Malu Trayer, head of the Rhineland-Palatinate region, warned in a message on Twitter.

Areas of Charland and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania (northeast) are on high alert. On Tuesday, Bavaria, in the south of the country, was badly affected and a state of natural disaster was also reported in the Hoff district due to flooded roads.

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Neighbors in the worst-affected German regions of Luxembourg and Belgium were also affected by the bad weather. Luxembourg spurred this project “Severe Weather” As a result of heavy rainfall. Authorities said several homes across the country were flooded and residents were evacuated.

Belgium has been experiencing heavy rains for several days, bringing numerous rivers out of their beds in the French-speaking region of Wallonia and causing flooding on Thursday. The provinces of Liege and Namur were particularly affected, with the coastal resort of Spa completely invaded by water.

Daily Evening According to reports, about 1,800 people are expected to be evacuated from the city of Sadfontaine. “We have rarely experienced such severe flooding. You have to go back to 1998 to find out.”, Said Sude Defontaine Mayor Daniel Backline On RTL radio.

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Floods and floods in eastern France

In France, the Grand-East region is also affected by bad weather. Muse, Myrt-et-Moselle and Vosges, prone to significant flooding The “raw” orange is placed on the alert, Meto-France warns. The municipalities of Bree, Longwei and Longyuon were affected by the floods. The province of Meerte-ed-Moselle said in a statement.

Railroads between Thionville (Moselle) and Luxembourg have been blocked since Thursday morning. The reduction between Thionville and the Metz is expected following the flooding of railway installations in the Luxembourg network. Hokondange tunnel flooded, TER announced the network On Twitter.

Haute-Sane, Haute-Marne, Doubs and Jura are on the orange “rain-flood” warning. “Throughout the episode, there will be a total of 50 to 70 mm in areas of orange alert, and 90 mm locally in Hot-Marne and Jura. These concentrations will rain for three weeks to a month.”, Motto France Note.

In addition, the Rhineland Warning and Maritime Information Center in Campsheim (observation).

World with AFP