BERLIN: Rescue efforts are gaining momentum following heavy flooding in western Europe. More than 180 people have been reported trapped in the floods.
Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least three places in Western Europe, including Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The damage is high as the rain, which is expected to fall in two months, has settled in two days.
The worst-hit area is the Ahrவெhweiler district in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of West Germany. More than 110 people have been killed here alone. It is feared the death toll could rise further. At least 45 people, including four firefighters, have been killed in the heavily populated province of North Rhine-Westphalia. At least 27 people have been confirmed dead in Belgium.
Heavy rain rests in Germany Belgium and the Netherlands. Heavy rain with hurricane force winds continues in other parts of Western and Central Europe. Recovery work is progressing rapidly by digging deep into the soil-covered areas in the rain-fed areas. The death toll in Western Europe has crossed 180. And it is feared that this may increase.
“Relief work will require more than 2,500 crore rupees. A cabinet meeting will be convened in two days to announce the immediate relief package, “said German Finance Minister Olab Scholes. German Chancellor Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the affected areas.
The leader apologized
President Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke to reporters after visiting flood – affected areas in Germany the day before yesterday. This caused controversy. His reckless act drew strong condemnation at a time when Nadee was immersed in tragedy. He has since apologized for his actions.