Several people died and others went missing on Friday July 16 following a major landslide southwest of Cologne, Germany. The disaster follows bad weather that caused significant flooding and claimed many lives in the west of the country, and caused more than a hundred deaths according to the latest report.
In the municipality of Erftstadt-Blessem, “The houses were largely washed away and some collapsed. Several people are missing ”, according to a tweet from the Cologne community of municipalities. A spokesperson told AFP that several deaths were “Confirmed”.
++ Breaking news ++ In #Erftstadt-Blessem, houses have been massively undermined and some collapsed. Several people are missing. Emergency calls come from the houses, but rescue is often not possible. Our disaster control is on site. Photos: Rhein-Erft-Kreis pic.twitter.com/Waaq3tMciM
– District government Cologne (@BezRegKoeln) July 16, 2021
Help “often not possible”
Images of the disaster area released by authorities showed a large crater into which masses of earth, brown water and debris were pouring out. “Emergency calls are coming from homes, but help is often not possible”, still explained the authorities about this area.
This event will further increase the death toll in the region of North Rhine-Westphalia, the most affected by the deadly weather, with that of neighboring Rhineland-Palatinate. Helpers continue to search for many missing people in these areas.