The Secretary of State for the Portuguese Communities, Berta Nunes, said today that she has no knowledge of Portuguese victims due to the bad weather that hits Europe, ensuring that consulates and embassies “have been following” the situation.
In the case of Germany, we have situations in the area of jurisdiction of Dusseldorf and also Stuttgart, our two consuls are also monitoring. The reports that have been made to us so far are situations more in the area of Dusseldorf and Cologne. We have a couple who had to leave the house because there was a flood, we had a Portuguese couple who had to sleep in the car because he had to stop because the road was blocked because of the floods, but there is currently no fatality”, said Berta Nunes.
The official spoke to Lusa, on the sidelines of the closing session of the annual meeting of three thematic commissions of the Council of Portuguese Communities, in Lisbon.
However, he stressed that there is still the case of the disappeared, and so far no Portuguese have been reported among them.
In the case of Belgium, we also do not have any reports or requests for help.,” he added.
In the case of Luxembourg, some “affected Portuguese” were identified, but the Secretary of State highlighted that local authorities are “in a very proactive way, supporting, regardless of whether they are Portuguese or other nationalities”.
“We also have no news of any deaths or serious situations from the point of view of people’s health”, he added, reiterating that some houses “were heavily damaged by the floods” in the Grand Duchy.
Berta Nunes also pointed out that Portuguese consulates and embassies in the three countries “have been following” the effects of bad weather.
In Europe, the balance of bad weather has so far caused at least 126 deaths, most of them in Germany, where many people are still missing, raising fears of an even more serious tragedy.
It is the worst natural disaster on German territory since World War II (1939-1945).
In addition to Belgium and Germany, flood rains and consequent floods caused serious material damage in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland.