The development during the disaster day in Germany in the ticker gleanings.
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- +++ 11:17 p.m .: 1300 missing persons in the Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler district +++
- +++ 10.40 p.m.: The water level at the Steinbachtalsperre sinks +++
- +++ 8:02 p.m.: Lewentz: Nine more dead from flood disaster +++
- +++ 4.38 p.m.: Merkel says support to people in flood areas +++
- +++ 4:04 p.m.: Rail traffic in NRW and Rhineland-Palatinate continues to be severely restricted +++
- +++ 2.46 p.m.: The number of storm deaths in NRW and Rhineland-Palatinate has risen to at least 42 +++
- +++ 1.38 p.m.: The situation is confusing – the number of missing persons is falling +++
- +++ 12.47 p.m.: Laschet to flood: Climate protection must now be pushed +++
At this point we close the ticker for the severe weather disaster in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate. You can read the developments of the day here in the ticker review:
+++ 11.26 p.m.: Biden calls the flood disaster in Germany a ‘tragedy’ +++
US President Joe Biden has expressed his condolences to Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) in view of the many fatalities in the flood disaster in West Germany. ‘It is a tragedy and our hearts are with the families who have lost loved ones,’ Biden said after speaking to Merkel in the White House in Washington. Merkel took the opportunity to promise help to the people in western Germany after the flood disaster. ‘We will not leave you alone in this difficult, terrible hour and we will also help when it comes to rebuilding,’ promised Merkel. The Chancellor said that the suffering of those affected was very close to her. It was a day of fear for life and property, a day of worry and despair. Hundreds of thousands should have seen houses become ‘death traps’.
+++ 11:17 p.m .: 1300 missing persons in the Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler district +++
After the severe flood disaster, 1,300 people are missing in the Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler district. The district administration announced this in the evening. A spokeswoman said the cellular network was paralyzed – and therefore there was no cell phone reception and many people could not be reached. ‘We hope that clears up,’ she said of the high number. At the same time, the district announced that there were more fatalities. The spokeswoman did not want to name any numbers. Intensive work is being done to restore the electricity, gas and water supplies. The THW is preparing the construction of drinking water treatment plants. Around 3500 people are currently housed in several care facilities throughout the district. All district schools will be closed on Friday.
+++ 11.10 p.m.: Laschet calls for ‘national effort’ +++
North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) urges that destroyed facilities be repaired quickly after the devastating flood disaster. Ways would have to be found to get roads, bridges and other infrastructure going again very quickly, said Laschet on the ZDF talk show ‘Maybrit Illner’. The Union chancellor candidate was connected from the Stolberg near Aachen, which was badly damaged by the floods. Laschet announced that the country would help. The federal government also wants to help. ‘We need a great national effort here now to get the worst things fixed quickly.’
+++ 11:01 p.m .: Urban development expert: ‘Climate adaptation at least as important as climate protection +++
In view of the flood disasters in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, experts believe that it is inevitable that Germany should better adapt to the consequences of climate change. ‘Climate adaptation is at least as important as climate protection,’ said Lamia Messari-Becker, an expert on urban development at the University of Siegen, in the ZDF’s ‘heute journal’. ‘Today is possibly the proof that we have actually underestimated the consequences of climate change,’ said the civil engineer. ‘For more than 30 years we have had research results that suggest this – that extreme weather conditions can occur faster, more violently, more frequently, more concentrated.’ You have to prepare for that.
+++ 10:44 p.m.: Borussia Dortmund announces benefit game for flood victims +++
After the flood disaster in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, Bundesliga soccer club Borussia Dortmund has announced financial aid for the victims. ‘BVB will also do its part to help those affected and to give the victims the proceeds of a benefit game that we would like to play in Hagen,’ said BVB managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke in a club announcement in the evening. The corresponding talks are to be started in the coming days. ‘Hagen-Hohenlimburg is a few kilometers from our doorstep. From there and from many other parts of the country we get terrible pictures, but on top of that touching ones that show how much the people of the region support each other in difficult situations, ‘said Watzke.
+++ 10.40 p.m.: The water level at the Steinbachtalsperre sinks +++
At the Steinbachtalsperre in the district of Euskirchen, threatened by a dam burst, the water level is falling. Markus Böhm from the crisis team announced this in the evening. On the one hand, the inflow has decreased, said the managing director of the energy service provider e-regio. On the other hand, the technical relief organization pumps water from the dam close to the border between North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate. There should be a new assessment of the dam on Friday morning. Because the dam’s drain is blocked as a result of the storm, the water cannot be drained off in a controlled manner. The process water dam, the dam of which has deep furrows, was classified by an expert as ‘very unstable’ on Thursday. Several villages have been evacuated for security reasons. According to Ramers, 4,500 residents were affected.
+++ 10:28 p.m.: Number of victims in the entire flood area at at least 68 +++
In the entire flood area, which extends over large areas in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate also to the east of Belgium and the Netherlands, at least 68 fatalities are now to be mourned. Nine people were killed in Belgium, where the Meuse caused a record flood after prolonged rainfall. North Rhine-Westphalia has reported 31 so far, Rhineland-Palatinate at least 28.
+++ 10:23 p.m.: Rhine water level rises – first restrictions for shipping +++
The heavy rains of the past few days have also caused the water level of the Rhine to rise significantly and quickly. On Thursday evening the level in Cologne was 7.42 meters with a strong upward trend. The high water mark I (6.20 meters) was reached only last night. From this value onwards, ships are only allowed to travel at reduced speed in order to avoid damage to the banks. During the recent flood, there were also fatalities in Cologne.
+++ 9:25 p.m .: Maas flood is approaching the border with Germany +++
The flooding of the Meuse, which has already prompted the authorities in the Belgian city of Liège to ask the residents to leave their city, is approaching the German border from the Dutch side. Evacuations have been arranged throughout the province of Limburg, including the border town of Roermond, where 5,000 residents are reported to have been brought to safety. On the German side are the districts of Viersen and Mönchengladbach, which have so far been spared from the floods. Also further south in Maastricht – directly opposite Aachen, which is also affected – around 10,000 people are to be brought to safety. The Reich water authority is expecting a record flood of the Meuse in the evening, which would flood large parts of Limburg, including the border areas.
+++ 8:29 p.m.: Again warning of heavy rain in Wuppertal and Schwelm +++
For Wuppertal and parts of the Ennepe-Ruhr district, the German Weather Service once again warned of severe thunderstorms with heavy rain in the evening. Up to 40 liters of rain could fall within an hour. There was also a warning against squalls. An official storm warning was initially valid until 8.45 p.m. Also northeast of it in Hagen, Dortmund, in the Unna district and in Hamm, the weather authority warned of a heavy thunderstorm with heavy rain in the evening.
+++ 8:06 p.m.: Bundeswehr has sent more soldiers in flood operations +++
After the severe weather disaster in western Germany, the Bundeswehr sent more soldiers to help. In the meantime, at least 850 men and women have been deployed to support the rescue work, said a Bundeswehr spokesman for the German press agency in the evening. 230 soldiers and large equipment are in use in the Hagen area, including two 2 armored recovery vehicles, trucks and wheel loaders. In Leverkusen, 200 soldiers help fill sandbags. Two armored recovery vehicles and a rescue helicopter ‘SAR’ were on the road in Aachen.
+++ 8:02 p.m.: Lewentz: Nine more dead from flood disaster +++
The interior minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, Roger Lewentz (SPD), assumes nine more fatalities as a result of the flood disaster in Rhineland-Palatinate. ‘We assume that we were able to rescue nine more dead by the fire brigade, at least that is the message from the technical operations management,’ said Lewentz in the evening on SWR television. In total, the flood disaster cost the lives of at least 58 people.
+++ 7.43 p.m.: Due to severe weather disaster, mourning flags in Rhineland-Palatinate on Friday +++
As a sign of mourning because of the storm disaster, the flags on public buildings in Rhineland-Palatinate will hang at half mast on Friday. This was announced by Prime Minister Malu Dreyer after she and State Interior Minister Roger Lewentz and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz (all SPD) in the particularly affected Ahrweiler region had an idea of the situation.
‘The damage caused by this disaster is unprecedented,’ said Dreyer. Many people have lost everything and unfortunately the number of deaths is also increasing. ‘A first glimmer of hope in this bad hour’ is the commitment of the federal government to want to help the people affected quickly. You thank Scholz ‘for the strong signal of solidarity’.
+++ 7.20 p.m.: Hundreds of houses in the Trier-Saarburg district damaged by water masses +++
The extreme heavy rain caused immense damage in the Trier-Saarburg district. Hundreds of houses were affected, said a spokesman for the district in the evening in Konz. The damage ranged from full cellars to total damage to residential houses and public buildings such as a sewage treatment plant. The focus is on the Kordel community on the Kyll tributary of the Moselle and the Ehrang district of Trier. In the southern Eifel, four to five places on the Moselle tributary Sauer were partially flooded.
+++ 7:05 p.m.: Several villages in the Trier-Saarburg district evacuated +++
In the district of Trier-Saarburg, several communities were evacuated due to the flood. In Kordel, emergency services have already brought around 100 people to safety, and another 60 people should follow in the afternoon and evening. The flood protection in Kordel, which was built after the Kyll had reached a peak of 4.80 meters in 1995, was ‘mercilessly flooded,’ said the district spokesman, on Thursday a water level of 7.80 meters was reached. The Ehrang district of Trier also had to be evacuated to a large extent after a dam broke. In the places on the Sauer, around 400 people had brought themselves to safety, said the spokesman. ‘Under the circumstances, it’s almost a miracle that there were no injuries or deaths.’
+++ 6:33 p.m.: UN brings flood disaster in connection with climate change +++
The United Nations sees the flood disaster in western Germany as a result of advancing climate change. ‘It is a bigger trend in terms of climate change that it leads to bigger climate extremes,’ said a UN spokeswoman in New York. Measures to combat the climate crisis are necessary in order to limit incidents like those in Germany in the future. The UN regretted the death toll and expressed its condolences to its families.
+++ 6.24 p.m.: The number of storm deaths in NRW and Rhineland-Palatinate has risen to at least 45 +++
The number of storm deaths in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia increased to at least 45 during the day. In the afternoon, a lifeless couple was discovered in the flooded cellar of a house in Geilenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Rescue workers could no longer help the two 74 and 78-year-old residents of the house, the two died on site, as the Heinsberg police announced. This increased the number of confirmed fatalities in North Rhine-Westphalia to 26.
Also in Rhineland-Palatinate, which was also badly affected by the floods, the death toll continued to rise. The police in Koblenz confirmed the death of 19 people in the Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler district in the late afternoon.
+++ 6:23 p.m.: Malu Dreyer: ‘Our country is in mourning today’ +++
During a visit to the disaster area in the Ahrweiler district, the Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) expressed concern about the fate of the 50 to 70 people still missing. Hopefully these are with good friends and relatives because they managed to escape from the water masses in time, Dreyer said. ‘But we can’t rule out the worst at the moment.’ She later added, ‘We pray that these people will be found and as unharmed as possible.’
+++ 6.16 p.m.: Two dead in a flooded basement in Geilenkirchen +++
Rescue workers have found two lifeless people in a flooded basement of a house in Geilenkirchen in North Rhine-Westphalia. The resuscitation attempts remained unsuccessful according to the police. According to initial investigations, there were two residents of the house, aged 74 and 78 years. They died on site. The exact cause of death is still part of the investigation, as the police announced.
+++ 5.49 p.m.: Scholz an der Ahr: ‘Do everything to stop climate change’ +++
During a visit to the disaster area in northern Rhineland-Palatinate, Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) called for increased efforts for climate protection. In Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, the SPD candidate for chancellor was affected by the ‘tremendous destruction that nature has caused’. But this natural disaster ‘certainly also has something to do with’ the fact that climate change is advancing at a rapid pace. ‘And that is why it must be a further incentive – also as an obligation for all those who have become victims here – that we do everything to stop man-made climate change,’ said Scholz.
+++ 5.47 p.m.: ‘Century-like’: flood hits Trier locality Alt-Ehrang +++
Because of the strong flooding of the Kyll, parts of the Alt-Ehrang location in Trier, as well as a hospital and a senior citizens’ home, have been evacuated. ‘About 125 people were taken from the home and about 70 to 80 people from the hospital – some of them had recently been operated on,’ said city spokesman Michael Schmitz. Some patients were flown to other clinics by helicopter. In the district itself, the evacuation of the residential buildings was under way. ‘It’s about 100 to 150 people,’ said Schmitz.
+++ 5.41 p.m.: 20 times as much water as usual: record high water on the Ruhr +++
After the storm of the past few days, the Ruhr has also had record floods in many places. For example, at midday at Hattingen, 1450 cubic meters of water flowed through about 20 times as much water per second as the long-term average, said a spokesman for the Ruhr Association. There has been no such flood since at least 1960. ‘We have water levels in the Ruhr that are one meter higher than what has occurred so far,’ said Ulrich Windau from the flood warning service of the Arnsberg district government. In the weather, the level reached a new high of 7.21 meters, and flood values that were never recorded were also measured at Hattingen.
+++ 17.32 p.m .: fire brigade in Essen saves deer from floods +++
The fire brigade rescued an exhausted deer from floods near a beer garden on the Ruhr in Essen. ‘It was pressed against a fence by the water masses,’ said a fire department spokesman. Rescue workers wanted to save two people with boats who were trapped by the water in the beer garden. On the way they noticed the exhausted animal, they brought it to safety. The deer was then covered with a foil so that it would not cool down. The people survived their rescue unharmed, said the spokesman.
+++ 17.31 p.m.: Cities in the Ruhr area should boil drinking water +++
In several cities in the Ruhr area, residents are supposed to boil their drinking water because of the flood. ‘Serious changes in taste and smell are to be expected,’ said the city. Affected are the supply of Mülheim an der Ruhr (without Mintard), Ratingen-Breitscheid and parts of Oberhausen and Bottrop. Due to the flood, the bank filtrate was affected by river water, it said in the message. The waterworks company therefore disinfects the water with ozone, UV light and chlorine ‘in extremely high concentrations’.
+++ 17:25: Johnson offers British aid for flood areas +++
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has offered aid to flood areas in Western Europe. ‘It is shocking to see the devastating floods in Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium,’ tweeted Johnson. ‘The UK stands ready to provide any rescue and recovery assistance needed.’ His thoughts go with the families of the victims and all those affected.
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+++ 5:20 p.m .: DRK President Hasselfeldt calls for better preparation for severe weather disasters +++
The President of the German Red Cross, Gerda Hasselfeldt, was dismayed by the consequences of the extreme weather in western Germany and called for better disaster prevention. ‘Now it is important that help is provided quickly,’ said Hasselfeldt of the ‘Rheinische Post’. The DRK is ‘with hundreds of helpers’ in action. ‘We will do everything we can to support and care for the people affected.’
Hasselfeldt assumes an increase in such weather events. ‘We must prepare ourselves better for such disasters in the whole of Germany in the future,’ said the DRK President. ‘Because weather extremes, as we are now experiencing in western and southern Germany, will increase in the next few years.’
+++ 5.15 p.m.: The death toll in Rhineland-Palatinate rises to 19 +++
The death toll in northern Rhineland-Palatinate has risen to 19. A spokesman for the police in Koblenz announced that another person had died in the floods. Further details are not yet known. About 50 to 70 people were still missing, according to Interior Minister Roger Lewentz (SPD). The focus of the disaster is the Ahrweiler district. In the 700-inhabitant village of Schuld an der Ahr alone, six houses collapsed and around 40 percent of the other residential buildings were damaged.
+++ 4.50 p.m.: Police appeal to flood onlookers not to come +++
With an appeal, the spokesman for the police of the Rhein-Erft district appealed to onlookers not to hinder the rescue work in the flood areas. ‘The current situation, in which many people fear for relatives and worry about their belongings, is not the right time for curiosity,’ said Thomas Held in the afternoon of the German press agency. Due to heavy rain on Thursday night, the officers in the district were on constant duty.
+++ 4.47 p.m .: people in Swisttal near Bonn trapped by floods +++
In Swisttal in the south of North Rhine-Westphalia, several people have been trapped because of the floods since Wednesday evening. How many people are affected is unclear, said the Rhein-Sieg district. Rescue workers therefore found it difficult to reach those affected. According to the district, the people are to be rescued from the air with helicopters from the federal police and the armed forces. Should the water level drop, boats should also be used. Communication with the rescue workers on site is difficult in the current situation.
+++ 4.44 p.m.: Steinbachtalsperre in NRW ‘very unstable’: places are evacuated +++
The villages of Schweinheim, Flamersheim and Palmersheim are evacuated at the Steinbachtalsperre in North Rhine-Westphalia. The dam was classified as ‘very unstable’ by an expert, said the district administrator of the Euskirchen district, Markus Ramers (SPD), the German press agency. The evacuation affected 4,500 residents. The neighboring district of Ahrweiler had previously denied rumors that the dam had already broken. The district of Euskirchen seems to have been hit hardest by the storm with 15 fatalities so far in North Rhine-Westphalia.
+++ 4.38 p.m.: Merkel says support to people in flood areas +++
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has promised support to the people in the flood areas in Germany. Wherever the federal government can help, it will do so, said Merkel on the sidelines of her visit to Washington. ‘Peaceful places are experiencing a catastrophe in these hours, you could say a tragedy,’ Merkel continued. ‘I am shocked by the reports from the places that are now completely under water.’ She wanted to send a ‘sign of sympathy and solidarity’ to Germany from Washington.
‘These are appalling days for the people of the floodplains. My thoughts are with you. And they can trust that all the forces in our state – from the federal, state and local levels – will work together to save lives, avert dangers and alleviate hardship, even under the most difficult of conditions. ‘
+++ 4.34 p.m.: Klöckner announces federal aid for flood victims +++
According to Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU), the federal government is planning an aid program for those affected by the storm disaster in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia. ‘As the federal government, we will set up an emergency aid program,’ announced Klöckner. She agreed with the Federal Minister of the Interior, Horst Seehofer (CSU), that the many people who had lost their belongings due to the storm had to be paid out money quickly and unbureaucratically. ‘They are great tragedies, they can hardly be put into words,’ explained Klöckner, who is also the CDU chairman of the Rhineland-Palatinate. ‘The federal government will be at the side of those affected with all the means at its disposal.’
+++ 4.32 p.m.: Bätzing ‘deeply dismayed’ by the extent of the storm +++
The chairman of the Catholic German Bishops’ Conference, Georg Bätzing, was’ deeply dismayed ‘by the extent of the storm in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate. ‘Water is life – here water is death,’ said Bätzing in Bonn. His thoughts are with the deceased, their relatives, all injured and victims of the floods. The Limburg bishop said of the still numerous missing people that he ‘sincerely hopes that they will be found unharmed and that all those in need, who have lost their belongings or their roof over their heads, consolation, hope and get help. ‘
+++ 4.31 p.m.: According to the NRW environment minister, the consequences of the flood disaster could not be prevented +++
According to Environment Minister Ursula Heinen-Esser (CDU), the severe consequences of the environmental disaster in North Rhine-Westphalia could not be prevented. ‘In terms of their intensity and local characteristics, such extreme weather is difficult to predict,’ said the minister to the ‘Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger’. In some regions, ‘masses of water have fallen that in many cases have exceeded everything that has been measured so far’. In the acute situation, it was ‘practically impossible’ to respond to this in the short term in order to avoid damage.
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+++ 16:27: Expert: flood situation in NRW remains ‘dynamic and very tense’ +++
After historical water levels on many rivers in North Rhine-Westphalia, the flood situation remains tense. According to the flood information service of the State Office for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection (Lanuv), the water levels in smaller bodies of water such as the Volme are slowly falling, but the situation remains ‘dynamic and very tense’, it said at noon. An ‘extraordinary flood with historical water levels’ is also emerging for the Ruhr, said the head of the flood information service Bernd Mehlig on Wednesday in Duisburg. In particular, the places along the Ruhr from Hagen, where Volme and Lenne flow into the Ruhr, are affected.
+++ 16:22: special programs on the flood disaster on television +++
Several television stations have included special programs on the flood disaster in western Germany. From 3 p.m. RTL and ntv broadcast a two and a half hour program entitled ‘RTL / ntv Special: Weather Catastrophe in Germany’, as the broadcasters announced. At 8:15 p.m., a thirty-minute ‘RTL Aktuell Special: Weather Catastrophe in Germany’ should follow.
According to its own information, WDR television was planning further special broadcasts at 5 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. on the effects of the storm in North Rhine-Westphalia. The broadcast of ‘Here and Today’ was therefore brought forward to 3 p.m. At 8:15 p.m. they also take over the ARD ‘focus’. According to a message, the first broadcasted in addition to the ‘focal point’ also ‘extended’ Tagesschau ‘editions at 12 and 3 p.m.
The ZDF announced a ‘hello germany’ broadcast on the subject from 5.10 p.m. and a ‘ZDF special’ special broadcast from 7.25 p.m. In addition, the topic was changed at the political talk ‘maybrit illner’. It should now be about ‘flood of rain and heat records – defenseless in the climate crisis?’ to be debated.
+++ 4.13 p.m.: Inde river runs in opencast mining – search for missing persons interrupted +++
The flood-bearing river Inde has flooded a dike near the lignite mine in Inden near Aachen and has flowed into the mine. The search for a missing employee was interrupted in the afternoon, said a police spokesman. According to information from the opencast mine operator RWE, the mining operation remained interrupted. The water of the Inde continues to flow into the opencast mine, but the water level is falling.
+++ 4:04 p.m.: Rail traffic in NRW and Rhineland-Palatinate continues to be severely restricted +++
Regional and long-distance traffic in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate is still severely restricted due to the severe weather conditions. Tracks, switches and signaling technology were badly damaged in many parts of the country, the Deutsche Bahn announced in the afternoon.
The weather situation also affects long-distance traffic: on the Cologne-Düsseldorf-Essen Dortmund route, there are diversions, delays and train cancellations. The Cologne-Koblenz line via Bonn Central Station is currently not accessible. The route on the right bank of the Rhine is passable via Bonn-Beuel, but there are also delays and train cancellations here. International long-distance traffic to and from Brussels is interrupted, according to Deutsche Bahn. ‘The long-distance trains affected are canceled between Köln Hbf and Bruxelles-Midi.
+++ 3.40 p.m.: Rhein-Erft-Kreis calls out a disaster +++
The crisis team in the Rhein-Erft district in North Rhine-Westphalia has declared a disaster after the persistent heavy rainfall. Because of the flood situation along the Erft, there is a risk that the previously locally limited location next to Erftstadt could also expand to Kerpen, Bergheim and Bedburg, according to a press release. The municipalities belonging to the district were asked to ‘prepare and carry out the necessary civil protection measures, in particular evacuations and accommodation’.
+++ 3:18 p.m .: village near Bevertalsperre in NRW evacuated by boat +++
After massive rainfall, around 1500 people in Hückeswagen in the Bergisches Land have to leave their homes. ‘During the evacuation measures, a lot has to be done with the boat because the roads are no longer passable,’ said a police spokesman. The district of Kleineichen below the Bevertalsperre is particularly affected. Two people were injured during the rescue operations.
However, the situation does not seem quite as tense as it was during the night. ‘The dam that threatened to break is so far safe,’ said the police spokesman. In the area around the dam, however, there are large-scale floods. According to the police spokesman, around 1000 forces were deployed in the Oberberg district during the night.
+++ 14.53 p.m.: Neubauer: ‘Fridays for Future will increase pressure’ +++
In view of the storm in western Germany, climate activist Luisa Neubauer sharply criticized the CDU / CSU’s climate protection plans and announced further pressure from the Fridays for Future movement. While people in the stormy regions had to struggle with the effects of the climate, Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet (CDU) was “running an election program for the federal election that will accelerate the climate crisis,” said Neubauer of the Düsseldorf “Rheinische Post”.
Neubauer called it ‘phenomenally lying’ that Laschet is now calling for ‘more speed’ in terms of climate protection. ‘He has been ruling North Rhine-Westphalia for years and is currently doing everything with his politics to ensure that the global climate targets are missed,’ she said. ‘We will increase our pressure, there can be no’ business as usual ‘, emphasized the organizer of Fridays for Future in Germany.
+++ 2.48 p.m.: Söder: flood shows the need for forward-looking climate protection +++
According to CSU boss Markus Söder, the flood disasters in West Germany show the great importance for long-term climate protection. ‘Climate change will continue to occupy us. That is why it is simply necessary that we not only take climate adaptation measures and climate aid on this issue, but also practice proactive climate protection. I think that in the end is very decisive, ‘said the Bavarian Prime Minister at the end of the CSU retreat in the Upper Bavarian Seeon Abbey. Preserving home, shaping the climate and at the same time securing prosperity – these are the challenges everyone faces.
+++ 2.46 p.m.: The number of storm deaths in NRW and Rhineland-Palatinate has risen to at least 42 +++
The number of storm deaths in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia increased to at least 42 during the day. The Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler area, with 18 dead, and Euskirchen, south of Cologne, with 15 dead, were particularly hard hit, as the responsible police stations announced. Some of the dead could not yet be rescued, and people were still missing.
The Koblenz police reported a jump from five to 18 deaths for the Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler area. The police in Cologne announced the death of 15 people in the Euskirchen area, where the district had initially spoken of eight dead. In addition, the number of deaths in Rheinbach increased from one to three. There were also deaths in Cologne, in the Unna district, in Altena and in Solingen. In addition, t