A spokesman for regional authorities said about 1,300 people were missing after heavy rains and floods in Germany’s Bad Niehner-Ahrweiler district.
The district administration writes that about 3,500 people are being housed in maintenance companies Twitter.
The area of 130,000 people is located north of the Rhineland-Palatinate state. District officials say the mobile network is down and therefore unable to catch many.
– We hope to get clarity on this, a spokesman said about the large number of missing persons.
Several deaths were reported in Thursday night’s update, but the exact number was not given.
Several thousand at work
More than a thousand rescue workers, including firefighters, police and soldiers, have been deployed in the rescue operation.
As of Thursday morning, more than 1,000 rescue operations had taken place in the town of Bad Nunehr-Ahrweiler alone. Officers.
There is a strong focus not only on searching for the missing, but also on obtaining electricity, gas and water. Efforts are being made to establish a drinking water facility.
All schools will be closed until Friday.
The mortality rate is increasing
National officials said Thursday that at least 59 people had been killed in the floods.
Germany is currently experiencing the worst weather disaster since World War II. The northern Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate states have been hit hard by heavy rains for several days.
The soil is saturated with water, the reservoirs are flooded, the rivers overflow. In some parts of the Rhineland-Palatinate, a state of emergency has been declared due to extreme weather
Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium. The Belgian media reported at least nine deaths, a total of 68 so far, according to the AFP.
Merkel: – Thinks about the lost
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has paid a courtesy call on President Joe Biden in the United States.
“My thoughts and hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones in this catastrophe or those who are still missing,” Merkel said from the White House in Washington.
He added that the authorities are doing everything they can to help those in need.
– I am afraid we will only see the scale of this catastrophe in a few days, he said.
Earlier on Thursday, Merkel said it was “Shocked” by destruction and loss Of human life after extreme weather.
US President Joe Biden also expressed his condolences to Merkel during the visit.
– Together with the American people, I would like to express our deepest sympathies to the lives lost and the devastation that has befallen Germany and its neighbors in the last 24 hours. It was a tragedy, Biden said.