Horror flood – dams broken: 85,000 people in acute need


The flood situation in the German state of Bavaria is becoming increasingly dramatic. Eleven districts have now declared a disaster. In one of them, two dams broke on Sunday, leaving about 85,000 people in acute need. Particularly tragic: a 42-year-old firefighter was killed during an operation.

The district of Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm in Upper Bavaria is particularly affected. Because a substation is full, there is a risk of a complete power outage in many areas on Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters are desperate
Representatives of the fire brigade reported to ‘Bild’ about an unpredictable flood, ‘which we have never had to record before’. Nothing more can be done for the flooded market town of Reichertshofen. “We actually have to give it up now.”

Emergency power supply, evacuations
There is currently an emergency power supply, but the buffer is only two hours. It is possible that the electricity goes out completely in the early afternoon. This would affect approximately 50,000 people,” the district spokesperson emphasized to the newspaper “Bild”. For aid workers and people in need, this would further worsen the already dramatic situation.

As a result of the extensive flooding, hundreds of trapped people have already had to be evacuated by boat or helicopter or voluntarily leave their homes.

Firefighter dead
A firefighter was killed during a rescue operation in Pfaffenhofen. The spokesman for the district office in Pfaffenhofen said he capsized in the rubber boat during an operation with three colleagues and was found dead on Sunday morning.

Person missing, train derailed
A missing person is also suspected to be in a crowded cellar in Schrobenhausen, Upper Bavaria. The police are monitoring the matter and divers have also been called in, according to the Neuburg-Schrobenhausen district office. In the neighboring state of Baden-Württemberg, an ICE train derailed after a landslide.

Source: Krone


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