The latest news on the devastating bad weather that hit Germany: the dead are now 90, the missing hundreds
The emergency linked to bad weather that has devastated the western regions of Germany continues. The deaths caused by heavy rains, floods and flooding of waterways are, at the moment, 90, and hundreds are missing. According to the newspaper Die Welt, there are 1300 people in the Ahrweiler region of whom there is no news: probably due to the suspension of cell phone communications. Electricity supplies are also interrupted for at least 165 thousand people. At least 9 people died in neighboring Belgium. Searches are also made extremely difficult by the blackouts that have isolated many western areas of the country. “I fear that we will not see the full extent of the catastrophe for a few days,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said from Washington. Here the account of the correspondent Paolo Valentino; here a map of the disaster.
9.00 – Over 90 victims
The death toll from the floods in Germany and Belgium has risen above 90, while the search for thousands of people still missing continues. The authorities of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate claimed that of their 50 victims, nine were resident in an assisted living facility for people with disabilities. North Rhine-Westphalia has set the dead at 30 but warned the figure could rise further.
8.30 am – Victims rise in Belgium
The death toll from the floods that devastated large areas of Belgium is still rising. The dead are 12, 5 people still missing and over 20,000 those without electricity. The largest number of victims was reported in the province of Liège and the city center was evacuated last night for fear of the overflow of the Meuse whose level now seems to have stabilized.
7.30 – The new budget
The victims of the devastating floods that hit Germany have risen to 81. The authorities of Rhineland-Palatinate, the region most affected, have announced that in that area alone the deaths have risen to 50 against 28 yesterday. Hundreds of people remain missing, causing fear of an even heavier toll.
July 16, 2021 (change July 16, 2021 | 09:02)
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