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In the district of Heinsberg – dam break! 700 residents evacuated

In the Heinsberg district, a dam on the Rur broke after the storm in recent days.

According to information from the Cologne district government, rescue workers have started to evacuate the district of Ophoven in Wasserberg. According to the message via Twitter from late Friday evening, around 700 residents are affected.

The extent of the damage caused by the dam breach is not yet known. The Rur has its source in the Eifel and flows into the Meuse near Roermond in the Netherlands.

According to the police, the number of storm deaths in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia increased to at least 133 over the course of Thursday. At least 43 people died in North Rhine-Westphalia and at least 90 in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Dramatic scenes took place in Erftstadt, south of Cologne. The Erft, which overflowed its banks, washed away numerous houses and caused them to collapse in whole or in part. There was erosion, causing larger areas of the soil to break away.

The floods made numerous roads and railway lines impassable. There were many failures in the long-distance traffic of Deutsche Bahn. A natural gas pipeline tore in the Ahrweiler district and there is a risk of the gas supply failing for weeks.

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier wants to visit the Rhein-Erft district, which has been particularly hard hit by the disaster, on Saturday with NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU). Laschet spoke of a “flood disaster of historic proportions”. The number of deaths now exceeds that of the so-called flood of the century from 2002, in which 21 people died in Saxony.

Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock, according to her own statements, made a picture of the destruction in Rhineland-Palatinate on Friday. According to the Chancellery, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is also planning an “early visit to the disaster area”.

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