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“Words can barely express the devastation that has been wrought here,” said the Federal Chancellor when she saw the extent of the destruction.
Photo: Federal Government/Bergmann
At a press conference in Adenau (Rhineland-Palatinate) on Sunday, Federal Chancellor Merkel promised rapid assistance and close cooperation between federal and regional government in response to the disaster.
Merkel also stressed: “There’s no time to lose – we have to accelerate our efforts in the fight against climate change.”
Federal Chancellor Merkel and state premier President Dreyer visit the disaster area in Rhineland-Palatinate. In the municipality of Schuld she talks to those affected and thanks helpers.
On Sunday, Chancellor Merkel took a look at the situation on site in the municipality of Schuld (Rhineland-Palatinate).
State premier Armin Laschet and the crisis team briefed the Federal Chancellor on the situation in North Rhine-Westphalia via video link.
On Friday, Chancellor Merkel was briefed via video link by the crisis team in Rhineland-Palatinate about the situation in the regions hit by the extreme weather.
In Altenahr, vehicles of the Federal Armed Forces arrive to support the emergency services. Heavy rain has also caused extreme flooding in the district of Ahrweiler.
Photo: picture alliance/dpa
Federal Agency for Technical Relief personnel haul hoses to the banks of the Steinbach dam in Euskirchen to pump out the water. The dam is in danger of collapsing.
Soldiers load the remains of a damaged road onto an army excavator in Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, after heavy rain and flooding caused major damage here as well.
Photo: Ina Fassbender/AFP/Getty Images
In many areas, helpers were busy trying to prevent the disaster from getting even worse: the Federal Agency for Technical Relief pumped water and carried out rescue operations as well as securing dikes and houses.
Photo: THW/Yann Walsdorf
The river Ruhr also burst its banks after heavy rainfall. More than 20 people were rescued from flooded houses in Bochum-Dahlhausen. A big thank you goes to all the emergency workers for their tireless efforts in dangerous conditions.
Photo: picture alliance/Jochen Tack