Germany after the flooding

13 Jan 2022

Germany is in shock Days of heavy rain caused several rivers to burst their banks flooding entire towns and villages More than 160 people lost their lives Now survivors are battling to clean up in the wake of the disaster Several European countries have been hit by extreme weather and many lives have been lost Regions in western Germany have been most severely affected in Rhineland-Palatinate the south of North Rhine-Westphalia and parts of Bavaria The floodwaters destroyed highways houses and whole communities The floods have receded leaving behind thick mud and tons of rubble Chancellor Angela Merkel and other political leaders visited the disaster zones offering encouragement and promising swift financial help for victims of the flooding But many of those affected have criticized the emergency response as chaotic In contrast communities came together in solidarity many people travelled long distances to offer their help DW reporter Miodrag Soric visited the badly hit localities of Schuld and Walporzheim in Rhineland-Palatinate He reports on how residents and volunteer helpers are dealing with the aftermath of the flooding

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