Germany flood death toll rises to 81

Germany flood death toll rises to 81

The death toll from the floods that hit Germany rose to 81 people as of Friday (16/7) local time. According to the German Bertia Office (DPA), 50 people died in the Rhineland-Palatinate region, and another 31 in the North Rhine-Westphalia region.

UMMATIMES - As quoted by the Anadolu Agency page, about 1,300 people were reported missing in the Ahrweiler region, which is located in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The military has deployed about 850 troops to the badly affected areas to help with rescue efforts.

Many homes in both states have collapsed and others are at risk of collapsing due to flooding. Many roads in cities and villages are also submerged in water.

The extent of the damage and the overall situation in the flood-hit area are still unclear as rescue workers had to cope with the torrential rain that released 148 liters (39 gallons) per square meter in 48 hours. Meanwhile, helicopters were used to rescue residents stranded on the streets, in the trees and on the roofs of houses.

Villages and small towns in the west and southwest of the country were cut off by floodwaters and landslides that made roads impassable. In disasters like these, there are reports of widespread looting as residents are evacuated from flood zones.

Authorities in Rhineland-Palatinate expect water in the Rhine and Moselle rivers to overflow with additional rainfall. Power outages in most areas occur, at least 200 thousand households are now without electricity. Meanwhile, public transportation is severely affected by the disaster situation as train and bus services have been canceled or disrupted.