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Five days through the flood area – you only have yourself – no one helps

Reports from the disaster area: J. ANDA, S. BAUMANN, C. BECKER, F. BEQIRI, L. BERG, M. ENGELBERG, P. v. FRANKENBERG, T. GAUTIER, A. GERAY, Y. HÜBER, T. KLEIN, A. KRZYKOWSKI, T. LAUX, P. MÜLLER, S. PRENGEL, F. OCHSE, W. RANFT, C. REICHWEIN, M. SCHINKEL, K. SOCHER, D. SOIBEL, L. UNVERFERT, J. VÖLKERLING, P. WILKE and L. ZANDER

Bonn – When the floods flooded her house, Btissan (42) from Altenahr (Rhineland-Palatinate) wore a T-shirt, shorts and clogs. She knows that very well because five days later she’s still wearing the same clothes. She only got one cardigan from her good friend Ingrid (83).

For days the two women have been wandering through the disaster area as a community of fate. “To this day we have not received any help from anyone,” says Btissan, and: “We feel let down by the authorities.”

▶ ︎The hotel employee was just able to escape from her house and saw a neighbor being swept away by the masses of water. The next morning she looked for Ingrid, who is unable to walk and is in a wheelchair. Their house was spared – but there was neither electricity nor running water.

What to do? And where?

“Neither the municipality nor the district administration could be reached,” says Btissan. “The police and fire brigade couldn’t tell me where we could find emergency accommodation either. I haven’t showered for five days. “

The two of them sat down in Ingrid’s car and searched the streets that were still passable for help. But all hotels and other accommodations were either full or not handicapped accessible. Btissan to BILD: “We have now found a hotel in Bonn for 100 euros per night. But we cannot afford another night here. “

Her hope: if you are lucky, you will be able to stay in another hostel for free in the coming days. For now.

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