They have to fight their way through muddy rubble, rescue victims from rubble, are on duty day and night until exhaustion to save human lives, to create a little order in the chaos of the flood of death: Thousands of women and men have been fighting in the disaster areas for days in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate to help – it’s the (mostly) anonymous heroes of the flood of death!
In North Rhine-Westphalia alone, 19,000 emergency services from aid organizations have already managed 30,000 missions, the police another 3,200, said North Rhine-Westphalia Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU).
Around help in dealing with the flood disaster 900 soldiers. Helicopters, clearing tanks, ambulances, boats, troop transport tanks and a ferry are used. “The Bundeswehr is of course on the side of the other helpers, whether they are THW, fire brigade, police and others,” said the Ministry of Defense. It will now be ensured that nationwide available material for on-site help is available. Nationwide, all forces are instructed to make the necessary large equipment available.
The Technical Relief Organization (THW) has in both federal states in total more than 2000 helpers in action. They save people, evacuate buildings and hand out sandbags.
The Federal Police participated with 250 officers in the air rescue and took on protective tasks, also to prevent possible looting.
▶ ︎ Many federal states send support. Lower Saxony, for example, mobilizes around 1100 helpers and special equipment to support the neighboring state. Their mission is to evacuate, rescue, rescue and ensure safety. The Lower Saxon forces, consisting of Fire brigade, police and the German Life Saving Society (DLRG), support, among other things, with special vehicles with the evacuation measures and the pumping out of water.
Other federal states also support with helpers and specialists, such as the Saarland with specialists, police psychologists and pastors, Bavaria sends among other things diving teams, two boat teams and heavy equipment, Hessen rescuers of the THW and DLRG. These are just a few examples.
All of Germany is organizing help! Many of the helpers work on a voluntary basis. Or fill sandbags, clear away rubble, help neighbors without special mention …
Aid organizations from all over Germany have sent helpers to the storm region, said a spokeswoman for the German Red Cross (DRK): “We are overwhelmed by the fact that all of Germany is there.”
The helpers risk their lives in their work: In the Sauerland, a firefighter (46) drowned while fighting the storm. In Jöhstadt (Erzgebirgskreis) a police officer (53) was swept away by the flash flood and has been missing since then.