Apart from a green sofa, her family has nothing left! Sebiha Topalça (39) looks at her destroyed house with son Ronas (11) – and does not know what will happen next.
She lives in the village of Schuld (660 inhabitants, Rhineland-Palatinate), which was hit particularly hard by the disaster. The house of her family of five stood directly on the Ahr. Until the flood came on Wednesday, Sebiha and her husband ran the pizzeria “Arya Grill” on the ground floor. The family’s apartment was on the first floor.
The mother of BILD am SONNTAG: “The water rose incredibly quickly at night to our balcony. We ran into the children’s room on the first floor. At 4 a.m. trees or caravans crashed into our sloping living room roof. Awful!”
She continues tearfully: “I didn’t want to look at my three children so that they wouldn’t feel my fear. I can’t believe what my little daughter then said to me: ‘Mom, we’re going to die. But don’t be sad, we’re together. ‘”
Sebiha and her husband had no cell phone network and tried to attract attention with flashlights. At 5 a.m., the family was rescued by a DLRG team using a ladder. Only then did they see all the destruction. Your house roof – half torn away. Your living room furniture – washed away. Only the sofa was still there.
The family found refuge in a holiday apartment in the neighboring village.
The situation in West Germany
After the flood of the century, the situation in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate continues to be devastating. According to the latest information from the Koblenz police, over 110 people were killed in the Ahrweiler district alone. 670 people were injured. It is feared that more people will be killed and injured.
“If you see the pictures, how it looks there, you can not rule out that more bodies will be found,” a spokesman had said. People were still missing. In North Rhine-Westphalia, the number of confirmed fatalities on Saturday evening was 45, including four firefighters.