Increases to 135 people killed by floods in Germany

The German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a Social Democrat, moved to his state today, although he formally put his membership on hold when he took office, and that yesterday, Friday, in an institutional statement, he called for national unity, solidarity and accelerate the fight against climate crisis.

Today he repeated this message from Erftstadt, one of the districts hardest hit by the storm that has affected that part of the country and neighboring Belgium. Laschet, for his part, insisted that his “Land” has one of the most ambitious environmental programs in the country, in the face of criticism from Greens and environmentalists who accuse him of concessions to energy consortia.


The damage caused by floods of “historical dimensions”, in the words of Laschet, began to be revealed on Thursday, a day that ended with 50 confirmed deaths. It is feared that the bottom line will be even greater, given the enormous destruction caused by the waters and landslides.

In the city of Heinberg, near the border with the Netherlands, hundreds of people had to be evacuated last night after breaking a containment dam.

Debris removal work began in other affected populations. We advance between fear of what will emerge under the mountains of earth, destroyed houses and all kinds of belongings, and hope for the weather forecasts, since no more notable rainfall is expected this weekend.

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