Floods in Germany: Could loss of life have been prevented? | DW News

Four days after torrential rains triggered deadly floods in western Germany, survivors have now turned their focus toward the daunting task of rebuilding. But with emergency services still busy looking for bodies and securing vital infrastructure, many residents are left to seek help from volunteers - or go it alone. And many are wondering if authorities could have done more to warn communities about the coming deluge.


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  • So sad.🙏🏼💞 to all who are affected by this catastrophe.🇺🇸

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  • "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

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  • "Wake up" the Creator of heaven and earth is in control of everything, it means, He owns all things, He allowed catastrophe to happen, He is aware, it happens for a purpose. Accept Jesus us Lord and Savior. Read the bible. More More tribulations will come be ready

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  • Flood Plains can't build houses.

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  • Meanwhile in China during henan enormous flood: All the other provinces in China started transporting living resources, and rescue within 2 hrs, most arrived within 1 day despite the horrific storm. People from nearby provinces risk their own lives to send food, save lives, make sure none of the sewers are blocked, and provide mental support. Donation all over media and social organisations, some Chinese companies that have lost billions in profit in the past few years donated millions of euros at risk of bankruptcy, low-key yet still found out by a few people, then the word spread and people rushed to buy their products and send money to the company, and insist on things like "Paid, you can just send me an empty box I'll be happier." Shops, schools, some military sites, anywhere not yet flooded in henan are open to the public and people living in tall buildings host as many smelly strangers as possible at their own homes. Scientific survival tips and real time information all over on the Internet, mouth-by-mouth so that people can help themselves and others, spread faster than ever. Similar things during any disaster in China I've heard. Every time I feel so astonished by how selfless and united humans can be and what amazing results it can lead to (just imagine that happening across the globe, we could save the world). Unfortunately, you can't yet name any other place like this, only in China.

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  • It's time to turn to the Lord, Germany. Jesus loves you. Lotd of Love from Ghana

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  • Be proud Germans you can overcome this challenges ...💝

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  • We still have a chance to minimize climate change!!! To do this people need to unite and build a Creative Society.👍 Read more at 24.07.2021 15:00 GMT at the unique Global Online Conference "The Global Crisis. It's about everyone. Join...

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  • All nations together should take definitive action against climate change

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  • Recover soon💜🥀

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  • They lie!!Days before the flood,It was clear that this will happen.The Dams around were kompletely full and they didn't drained them.What about Rain Radar!?There was enough warning Time.The dude at the end is also a Liar

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  • Really felt sorry for you loss

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  • A six year old girl got overwhelmed by the flood and was pushed though a hair dresser shop window, now dead. Also, German politicians once show that they'e either incompetent or don't care. E.g. Phillip Amthor hold a digital event to get younger people interested for his party, and embrarrassed himself and his party greatly, instead of doing anything useful. He isn't a high or important politician, but still!

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  • God Bless Germany prayers and condolences to the victims of the tragedy ... loving brother from the Philippines

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  • Stay strong Germany, a country of humanity. Love from Bangladesh.

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    • Thank you very much. We are all in this together. Stay strong too. Bangladesh is beautiful. I love your Saints. Best wishes to you from Germany.

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  • Mongolia has carried out terrorist attacks using coronavirus biological and chemical weapons around the world, killing 4,000,000 people, disrupting the health of millions and disrupting the international economy! and Mongolia, in collaboration with meteorologists, is killing people and damaging the economy through natural disasters such as lightning, earthquakes, torrential rains and floods! The last two examples are the floods in the European Union and China. Mongolia needs to compete with the rest of the world on the right path of development! Mongolia warns to stop terrorism and sabotage!

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  • Of course it could have been prevented! Look across the border to the Dutch with their silly language, their beaches and of course their ‘coffee’ shops that don’t sell coffee: zero deaths. What makes Holland different? The Dutch authorities have put people in charge of this who know how to deal with extreme water situations. Cause thousands of years of fighting battles against the sea creates a certain mindset. It is one area with a few artificial lines drawn in it, the border between Germany and Holland being one of them. And across the other Dutch border, the one with Belgium, you see similar mayhem to what you find in Germany. The only logical difference is government policy. If the German and Belgian governments hire Dutch engineers then the next disaster won’t be so bad.

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  • Praying for all affected in Europe, Jehovah God will bless you all.

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    • He is bringing judgment on them so that they will repent. 2 Chronicles 7:14

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  • JUDGEMENTS OF THE MOST HIGH ON THE LIONS...THE BEST IS YET TO COME....SUN READY TO BLAST OFF ALL ZUNGU......HE REIGNS HE RULES HES RIGHT..HALLELUYAH.

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  • the autorities, use your money for army and doesn't have time to help people

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  • Germans are strong people no matter what happens Germans will rebuild itself again. Ich liebe dich meine Brüder und Schwester Gott es mit dich.

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  • Prayer to all effected flooding in Germany ,be strong hope quickly recovery,,God bless

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  • Shocking. Oh my God. Be strong Germany. From Australia.

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  • We love you 🇩🇪 GERMANY ,STAY STRONG GOD BLESS EVERYONE FROM TURKEY 🇹🇷

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    • Thank you very much. We saw floods in Turkey too. Stay strong too. Best wishes and prayers to beautiful Turkey from Germany.

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  • I'm sorry to say that but I had a dream 2 years ago that we all gonna face a big flood. Almost everyone dies. Just some ppl in some part of the world with jungle with make it out and kept behind fences to get protection from something ....I saw those as a person then I died I saw survivor in astral form. there was an Indian girl looking at my soul when I was transcending down to see survivors ...

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  • wrong strategy-neoliberal form of governance through the concept of social resilience wrong tactics - subsidiarity instead of subordination wrong goals - middle management resists changing bad strategy the collapse of the civil defense system - Portugal, Greece, Sweden, Germany - will continue

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  • So sorry to see this happening to Germany, it’s heartbreaking. Where is the help from the military? They have the men and machinery to help clear the roads and remove debris. The government needs to take action and help the population out and also grant cash aid to the local government of affected areas. Quickly!

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  • Prayers and strength to you all in Germany 🇩🇪 🙏 with love from Florida 🇺🇸 USA

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    • Thank you very much. Best wishes to beautiful Florida from Germany.

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  • My friend died in the flood. Rest in peace to all❤❤❤

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  • Sending prayers to all the poor victims of this tragic.sorry for the loss.God is with us,just keep praying and keep going.

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    • Really sorry to hear that. God bless you.

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  • God bless all of you 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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  • kai schroter, bad co. *CONTROL* is aLL this is about. See Dane Wigington, just, last week about ionosphere HEATERS, so simple, so strong. Did the Egyptians move rivers? 70 friggin years of this, UNo, &, Switzerland is your next door neighbor, the world's gold and Escher Wyss. Monkey wrenching the entire web of life right down to the minerals is insolent beyond measure. Let's ensure, anyway. Have you seen the latest Legalman tweet about the methane undercurrents with 100 times the fuel needed 4 Venus Syndrome? Stay tuned for the next hammering, &/or, stomping.

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  • First Germany, then China, both flooded, both due to a failed government responses. What a similarity. Hey Germans, welcome to the 3rd-world-countries club...

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  • God bless all of you guys ,keep strong❤

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  • Still praying and hope everything gonna be okay from PHILIPPINES!❤Fighting GERMANY!! GOD IS ALWAYS THERE FOR GERMANY..

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  • Great country with great citizens......instead of pointing fingers at their govt and journalists creating a pathetic picture of their country, its heart warming to see the way volunteers are lending a helping hand.....❤️👏👏👏

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  • Hope Germany recovers from the bad effect of this flood.

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  • My condolences to the missing and wish a hasty recovery. The world is upside down, we are burning in Ireland since last Friday. I know it's the same in UK.

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  • I would definitely go help if I could, let's go Germany 🙌🙌 sending love from Hong Kong

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  • Praying and hugs to Germany and Europe.

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  • in other words, they don't know what the eff happened.

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  • Praying to God always god guiding in be good people

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  • No doubt for germany solidarity. I believe they can go through this.🔥👍

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  • Yes, the flood warning system worked, but local officials did not expect the severity of the floods, therefore did not fully implement warnings in case the expected floods were not as severe as forecast. A classic case of damned if you do or damned if you dont.

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  • the german authorities failed to act - this is buidness as usual since Angela is in charge, gosh glad that wasn't the case with the huge Elbe flood in the early 2000s

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  • Is there a website that tells me which regions would be flooded if a set amount of rainfall were to occur?

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  • Can we ask those who control the weather if this can be prevented? Maybe they know better! You didn't kill enough people with Covid? Now also the weather control? Really? No worries, everyone who did this and also with Covid will pay in front of God sooner or later!

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  • Yes, the German language DOES have words for this disaster. It's called : "Absichtlich zugefügter Schaden. Dieser Schade hätte vermieden werden können!" In english: "purposeful harming! This harm could have been absolutely avoided!" Authorities knew the week before, what was about to happen! YET they didn't use the draining systems NOR did they warn the endangered population!!! Do not for a moment be so naive as to believe Merkel's pretence!!! Right now, many other water bodies in Germany experience EXACTLY THE SAME SCENARIO of becoming overflown & are in danger harming loads of parts in Germany!!!! Do we hear ANY WARNING about that??? NOT ONE!!! DONT believe it was not premeditated!!! Also, many donations are Not brought to the needed victims in the Desaster zones as police made sure that NO HELP CAME IN, from the fire brigade, technical aid or other government bodies BUT, when the Helpers came, they were told 'You need to have an assignment to come & help! If you haven't got THAT, we can't let you in!' so, forests the helpers were just allowed to watch frustrated! There is a government plan behind those distructions, fellow humans!!!

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  • How can you avoid a natural disaster ?, I mean the reporter. And the person that answered ?

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  • Its sad but i somehow think the gov did it on purpose to push their cazy climate politics.

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  • Absolutely devistating

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  • Weather it is bodies floating down the river in India or in bodies washed away in Germany , it proves the helplessness of human being with all its advancement in front of nature which can comes as flash flood water or flash flood of virus.

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    • Thank you very much. My best wishes to the Philippines from Germany.

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    • Thank you Sir. Best wishes to Iran from Germany.

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  • "Not sure how it happened" !?? Come on people... We are coming out of a Solar Minimum so this flooding due to heavy rain has been written in history (this all having happened before man made causes could be blamed) - So DO NOT buy the narrative that it is Climate Change ! Though I can't answer why the Authorities failed their people... maybe collateral damage is all part of the lowering the population too! 🙉🙈🙊

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    • @xxveticoxx ble ble i only german , I hope that will be more and harder rain

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    • 11 year old kid

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    • What is so funny about dead people?

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  • Germany will be stronger and unite , regards from Mazedonien

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  • God bless the volunteers

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  • No immigrants amongst volunteers?

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  • Emagine heavy rain continues 40 days 😀

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  • God is pissed at how immoral the world has become!

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  • Pointless trying to apportion blame, this flood is unprecedented in modern times. Lessons will be learnt and changes applied. Case in point, the Japan tsunami.

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  • "Could loss of live have been prevented?" - FFS, I hate it when journalists and public figures are looking to start conspiracies or "blame-games" when really, the energies of these sh!t-heads could be better focused on providing help and relief for people in need!

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    • We are having the same problem in South Africa 🇿🇦 all the government is doing is making excuses for doing nothing and finding someone to blame. They are sickening

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  • Haarp in action

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  • I’m an Ethiopian, my deepest sorrow for the people in Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands. May God Keep you all in peace, and protect you from any danger!

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    • Thank you very much. My best wishes to the beautiful Ethipian people from Germany.

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  • Let's tell the *truth* !!! Not 160 but over *800* and under those 800 they have found *10 children's* !! Please *STOP* telling only that what is authorized by the german government! 😡 *SEARCH FOR REAL STORIES* !! 😡 We Germans are tired of all these *MIDIA* lies!!! 😡😡😡

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  • Governments have failed people. Clearly government is too big.

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  • Climate change, global warming, or weather modification, which one? the answer is....., you decide.

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  • How does this happen?

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  • Where were the scientisrs and experts who know everthing providing warnings? The polititions will dish out the usual climate stuff, but sometimes it's filling low areas for building massive structures, filling in creeks and rivers.

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  • I am from the Middle East, specifically Iraq. I hope that Germany does not suffer any harm. I do not like to see Germany destroyed. I ask God to make it safe and sound.

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  • With love and prayers for your recovery. From England xxxxxxxx

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  • Woah that's really horrible, I thank Volunteers all the work they are doing...

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  • Last year Hyderabad. This year Germany.

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  • I was almost confused, which country is suffering the flood ? Is it Germany or India or New York or China…

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  • la gente sabe que vivir a 50 metros de un rio es peligroso, inckuso si vives al pie de una montaña

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