Rescue and clean-up operations are underway in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). As masses of water slowly retreat from some of the flooded areas, the search for deaths continues.
“In the Arweiler region of the Rhineland-Palatinate, the death toll has risen to at least 98 and 670 people have been injured,” police said. As emphasized, both budgets may increase further. NRW Premier Armin Laschet has reported at least 43 deaths in his federal state. The authorities do not provide the number of missing.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited Rhein-Erft in New South Wales on Saturday, where he called on citizens to work together. “Our country stands in solidarity in times of trouble,” he said in Irfastadt. Steinmeier stressed that many of the area’s residents “have lost everything they built in their lives, and we’re seeing communities devastated,” but that the biggest loss has been those who have lost family members, friends and acquaintances. “Their fate tears our hearts apart,” he added.
Steinmeier thanked “on behalf of all Germans” the people who immediately provided assistance. – Many of them worked “to fatigue and out of strength” – he pointed out.
Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit the flood-stricken areas of the Rhineland-Palatinate on Sunday, having returned home from a visit to the United States, where she met President Joe Biden.
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