More than 90 people were killed in Ahrweiler County in western Germany and 618 people were injured, Koblenz police said. “The death toll should be feared to rise. These numbers may also rise.” – the department’s Web site said.
In total, more than 120 people have already been victims of the floods in Germany. In the west of the country there is a regime of military disaster, Euronews TV channel informs. In the majority of the districts, there is still no electricity and telephone connection. Because of the bad weather roads remain blocked, the population is urged to avoid travel in the region. Police continue to intensify patrols in the disaster areas.
More than a hundred thousand people remain without electricity due to the consequences of the natural disaster. The town of Erfstadt-Blessem is one of the hardest hit by the disaster. The day before rescuers with the help of inflatable boats rescued 50 local residents from blocked houses. Landslides destroyed many structures, including residential buildings and a medieval fortress. Chancellor Angela Merkel has assured that all those affected by the disaster will receive help from the federal government.
Cyclone Bernd caused torrential rains of extraordinary strength that led to the sudden flooding of rivers. Hundreds of residents of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate are still missing since it has not yet been possible to re-establish contact with a number of localities.