Monday, September 20, 2021

49 people perish amidst heavy rainfall and flooding in Germany

In Germany, 49 people lost their lives in western parts of the country amid heavy rainfall and flooding. According to Police, most of the deaths have been reported in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate.

The flooding has heavily impacted transport in the region, which lies near the borders to Belgium, Luxembourg, France and the Netherlands. Meanwhile, weather forecasters said, more rain is expected in the coming days.

As emergency workers struggle to evacuate people, two firemen were killed in the line of duty in the towns of Altena and Wedohl in North Rhine-Westphalia. Heavy rain lashed western Germany yesterday, causing massive property damage and prompting mass evacuations. Several motorways were closed. Rhineland-Palatinate’s Vulkaneifel district was forced to declare a state of emergency as several areas were not accessible due to the torrential rain.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised federal help for the flood victims. The Chancellor said that she had spoken about the issue with Finance Minister Olaf Scholz.

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