Flooding occurred in the Eifel region in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate due to heavy rains. While six buildings collapsed last night, it was announced that 42 people lost their lives. While more than 70 people were reported missing due to the flood, it was reported that 25 buildings were in danger of collapsing.
Flooding occurred due to heavy rain in the Eifel region in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
It was reported that the Ahr river, which empties into the Rhine in the south of the city of Bonn, overflowed, causing great damage to the houses and 6 buildings collapsed.
Police stated that 42 people lost their lives in the flood, more than 70 people were lost, and about 50 people were trapped on the roofs of the houses.
“There are many places where fire brigades and rescue teams are deployed. We don’t have a very clear picture yet because rescue work continues,” a police spokesperson said.
It was reported that 25 buildings were in danger of collapse, while rail and road transport were interrupted and transportation works on the Rhine, an important trade artery, were suspended.
In the news, which stated that the situation was dangerous due to the floods in the Bitburg-Plüm region, it was noted that 5 people in the town of Waxweiler were trapped in a house surrounded by water, and the rescue teams could not reach the house by boat.
Germany’s Meteorological Service warned on Thursday and Friday that more heavy rain will fall in the upper reaches of the Rhine in southwestern Germany.
It is reported that hundreds of soldiers helped the police in the rescue efforts, while the work of clearing the roads with tanks continues.
Helicopters are trying to rescue people trapped on the roofs, while cleaning from landslides and fallen trees during the work on the roads.
“This is a disaster. The dead, the missing and many people are still in danger. All of our emergency services are operational around the clock and are putting their own lives at risk,” said Malu Dreyer, the state prime minister of Rhineland-Palatinate.