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Flood in Saarland, Germany. The most difficult situation in over 30 years

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There were severe floods in the Saarland state in western Germany. Water flooded the streets of many cities, entered basements and caused landslides. On Saturday, the areas affected by the disaster were visited by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Downpours came to western Germany on Friday. Particularly heavy rainfall occurred in the Saarland state, where over 100 liters per square meter fell in less than 24 hours. The water quickly filled the watercourses and flooded the streets. There was a flood.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Saturday in Kleinblittersdorf that the current focus should be on emergency aid. Once the immediate crisis and threat have subsided, it will be a matter of mutual agreement what should be done to help those in need. – We have good solidarity practice, said Scholz, quoted by dpa.

– Unfortunately, this is not the first time we have had to deal with a major natural disaster, so of course we will look at what needs to be done and what is necessary, Scholz stressed. – Everyone can be sure that it will be done in the best possible way – he assured.

The most difficult situation in over 30 years

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Saarland Prime Minister Anke Rehlinger spoke about the most difficult situation since the flood over 30 years ago, called the “flood of the century”. In the town of Fremersdorf near the border with France, the water level rose to 765 centimeters, which is 21 cm more than during the 1993 flood.

Speaking on Saarlaendischer Rundfunk radio, the prime minister said that “huge damage to public infrastructure and private property is to be expected.”

Flooding in the SaarlandReuters

According to police, the situation calmed down a bit early Saturday morning. According to a spokesman for the situation center in Saarbruecken, the water level has not increased since 1 a.m. However, emergency services are still carrying out a large-scale operation.

According to current information, no one died as a result of the flood.

Floods in western GermanyReuters

Numerous evacuations

Floods and landslides forced emergency services to intervene repeatedly. On Friday, firefighters and policemen went to action over 3,000 times. Evacuations were necessary in many places. On Saturday morning, the fire brigade had to rescue about 100 guests from a hotel in the center of Neunkirchen. The Blies River burst its banks and flooded the parking lot and hotel lobby.

“We are carrying out evacuations everywhere,” said a spokesman for the emergency center in Saarbruecken, the state capital.

Reuters, tagesschau.de, BR24, PAP

Main photo source: Reuters

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