Almost 100 people died in the floods in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, just as many are still missing. Erftstadt-Blessem was hit particularly hard, where entire houses were washed down and disappeared. July 16, 2021, clock
In the flood disaster in western Germany, 93 people have died so far, 50 in Rhineland-Palatinate and 43 in North Rhine-Westphalia. Almost 100 people are still missing in Rhineland-Palatinate, said Interior Minister Roger Lewentz. The governments of the two federal states concerned met for special meetings.
Dramatic flood situation in Erftstadt
According to the Federal Office for Population and Disaster Protection, 23 cities and districts are affected by floods in North Rhine-Westphalia. The fire brigade rescued three seriously injured people from the Wurm river in the Heinsberg district on Thursday evening, who were threatened with drowning.
The situation on Friday morning in Erftstadt-Blessem, southwest of Cologne, was dramatic. Houses there were washed down and collapsed. ‘There are fatalities,’ said a spokeswoman for the Cologne district government.
Aerial photos and photos by DPA photographers distributed by the district government show landslides of enormous proportions. Houses were swept away and disappeared. Cars lay in newly created huge holes in the ground next to concrete parts of the former sewer system.