Storm in Germany: More than 100 fatalities – Panorama

Flood disaster in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate


Masses of water bring down houses in Erftstadt

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  • According to official information, at least 60 people died in the storm in Rhineland-Palatinate and at least 43 in North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • In Erftstadt, south of Cologne, numerous houses are threatened with collapse, but dozens of people have also been rescued.
  • The emergency services receive support from other federal states and from the German armed forces for the rescue and clean-up work.
  • The federal government is preparing emergency aid for the affected regions.
  • The police asked not to go to the flood area to look for relatives yourself.


J. Auel, J. Bergmann, E. Britzelmeier, A. Ernst, J. Hippert, O. Klasen, S. Kobel and K. Stroh

In the areas affected by the flood disaster in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, the clean-up and salvage work will continue. The focus is on the search for missing persons. Hours of heavy rain had led to a devastating flood. Several rivers and streams overflowed their banks, streets flooded and cellars filled with water. The disaster focuses on the Ahrweiler district in Rhineland-Palatinate and the Rhein-Erft district in North Rhine-Westphalia. The most important developments in news blog.

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