Are already 103 people who have died due to flooding caused by devastating rains in western Germany, according to a new official tally by authorities in the affected regions.
The Rhineland-Palatinate authorities increased the provisional total death toll by 10 to 60 from the previous count and the Ministry of the Interior of the Land of North Rhine Westphalia had previously corrected upwards to 43 the death toll.
Police fear the number will continue to rise in the next few hours since there are still several hundred missing people, although it is suspected that in many cases it is due to the collapse of mobile telephony that has prevented them from communicating.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer attributed the floods to the climate crisis and called for accelerated measures to address it. “No one can doubt that this catastrophe is related to the climate crisis,” Seehofer told “Der Spiegel” magazine.
Seehofer also announced aid from the federal government for those affected by the floods. “My ministry is currently working on it with the Foreign Ministry and with Finance Minister Olaf Scholz,” Seehofer said.
The number of missing is difficult to estimate accurately as, according to a spokeswoman for the Ahrweiler district, there has been a collapse of mobile phone lines so many people have not been able to be contacted.
The floods have caused road and rail cuts. Rail traffic in the federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and Rhineland-Palatinate has been severely affected and many routes are completely or partially interrupted.
Only in NRW have they been affected 600 kilometers of railways. Commuter trains in many parts either do not work or work only partially and when road conditions allow it, buses are offered as an alternative
However, there have also been highway and highway shutdowns. At least two motorway routes are interrupted. The federal government has offered assistance to the regions although You have not specified the amount of it yet since the cost of the damages has not yet been estimated.
Authorities have warned that people should stay away from rivers and do not enter flooded basements as there is a danger of electric shocks.
The Army has destined 900 soldiers to collaborate with rescue work and search for missing persons in the federal states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia. In total, according to the Interior Ministry, there are 15,000 people working in rescue efforts.
Some particularly threatened localities have had to be evacuated, affecting thousands of people.
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