Floods in Europe kill nearly 200 with over 1,000 still missing | DW News

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting regions of Germany affected by severe flooding that has killed at least 156 people.
The disaster area in Germany spans more than 100 kilometers near the border with the Netherlands and Belgium, where the district of Ahrweiler was the worst hit. A massive clean-up operation is underway as rescue crews search for survivors. More than a thousand people are still missing.
Destruction and debris on every corner
The only sound on the streets: Mud being scraped away, and tractors rumbling through the once picturesque town of Ahrweiler.
In Ahrweiler the water has now subsided and it's only now the true extent of the damage caused by the floods is really coming to light. A lot of people are returning to their homes for the first time."
The scenes are devastating for those returning.
Volunteers, family and friends have travelled far and wide to Ahrweiler to help those affected.
They're here clearing homes, or supplying people with the basics.
Many locals right now want financial help from the state: quickly and with as little red tape as possible.
Further north, in Erftstadt, a donation bank at a school has been overwhelmed with clothes and food.
Some locals evacuated from Erftstadt this week are also being sheltered at the school.
Many feel left in the dark.
For many of those affected, that question could takes weeks, months...if not years to be answered.
While some German towns begin to assess the damage and clean up, others further south are being hit by new flooding. In the southeast, in Saxony, rail lines are closed due to rising waters. A state of emergency has been declared in parts of the state of Bavaria. Across the border in Austria, flooding and heavy rains are causing serious damage.
In the town of Hallein, close to the German border, a flash flood has swept through the streets. People living there had already been warned to be careful, and avoid going into their basements.
Other parts of Europe have also been badly affected by the floods. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated in southern parts of the Netherlands. And Belgium is also counting the cost: At least 27 people died there. The region around the Meuse river was worst affected by what authorities are calling an "unprecedented" deluge of water.
The floods have receded from the streets of Pepinster - leaving the mud behind. Residents are toiling to reclaim their homes - hoping that the rain holds off. Days of heavy downpours turned this gentle stream into a raging torrent.
Houses along the riverbank overwhelmed by the force of the water. Cars were swept off the roads.
Residents are in shock.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen came to take stock of the damage - and is promising long term help.
Outside assistance is welcome in Pepinster, but the community is pulling together to get through the worst. The water is on its way out. But it will be a long before things get back to normal.


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  • Heartwarming to see there's no shortage of donation. People all want to help.

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  • ”The end is near”

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  • We still gonna ignore nature issues: humans.

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  • Wow so much conversation and controversy about whether politicians will visit??? And about another seen sharing a moment of light heartedness in the background??? Wow. Honestly that seems quite irrational and just creating unnecessary drama.

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  • They should put up an international fund of some kind where people from around the world can send money to help in some way. In my country we had a week of criminal looting (stealing and burning), estimations of damages could be around R50 billion. The first to start cleaning was of course the citizens. The world has gone bonkers.

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  • It's happening around the world. Not global warming, it's how we manage the land. Stripping the high lands bare, allows it to collapse. The rain soaks the soil and nothing holding there, cccrrrraaaasssshhhhh. Sincere condolences to the families that lost loved one's.

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    • Global warming is also responsible for it. The high level of carbon dioxide in the last ten years is the real cause behind the climatic irregularities. Deforestation only brought the effects of global warming to light, beside contributing to it.

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  • And where is the help? When the Moravian towns were hit by a tornado, help came immediately from all over the area, and the army was immediately deployed within 2 days. But I don't see anyone here. The German government is probably ignoring the peoples needs.

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  • I think that the greatest thing that came out of World War II was the love that the world ended up having for Germany citizens. I'm from the United States and my heart is breaking for these poor people right now having gone through the Colorado flood 2013 myself. Then I see that a huge number of Polish people are coming to the aid of the Germans. It's a testament that mankind cannot be overcome by the evil of one person. Peace and love to Germany

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  • Please do aerial photography of the flood paths. So that a detail record can be done to come up with future defense. German efficiency, civil defense sirens => go uphill is an eye opening Please provide a DOCUMENTARY and REPORT so other countries with similar topography can learn. 🥵.

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  • And now watch Europe's leaders screw over all victims.

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  • China did the same thing. They don't warn people of the upcoming danger or they might have to compensate them. So just pretend you aren't aware of impending death and loss

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  • Heavy rainfall here in my country.

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  • And this is the problem with the criminal cartel the world has come to know as the "government." Media is controlled so people only see what their local "government" wants them to see. If there was a time they cared about citizens, that time is gone. They don't care about floods, fire, famine, poverty, death and disease, nor do they care how many people die. Agriculture and the world's food supply has suffered dearly this year and here is some irony for everyone to ponder. Bill Gates, the goober who expanded his empire from tech to healthcare, owns shares or parts of the pharmaceutical industry, he owns Monsanto who has slowly been engineering plants so we can only buy seeds and not benefit from our own seeds that come from gardening and he owns farmland. China and one other country own the only patents to turn salt water into drinkable water. No wonder they want to colonize space.....the bastards know the earth is dying because they are agreeably killing it and not affording us the opportunity to change the course of destruction. Soon enough it will be us against them.....well it already is but there are too many people who believe the lies. And no doubt, the truth is evil and horrifying. Governments are the people who traffic woman and Europe is full of pedophiles, particularly those in government and the royal family. Never have I heard of 1000 people missing after a flood. All those kids who protested in China fought for the same rights being taken from all of us. And as long as they have glass houses and towers, food water and resources for their families......they see the death of civilians as the sacrifice they must make to maintain their empires and they probably think God has mansions in heaven, furnished in gold. Politicians are crooks, cons and criminals. No different or better than the hells Angels, the triads, Crips and bloods. To be honest, I'd rather be led by street gangs. At least you know where you stand, what the rules and expectations are. We are foolish to continue supporting and voting for government while they watch us die and perpetuate the death of our only home....mother earth

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