Earlier, a state of emergency was declared in Ahrweiler due to continuous downpours and flooding caused by them.
More than a thousand rescuers are working in the flood area. About 3.5 thousand local residents are in temporary accommodation centers.
Heavy rains and floods have caused power outages and interruptions in the supply of drinking water in many parts of Rhineland-Palatinate, North Rhine-Westphalia and the Saarland. In localities in the Eifel Highlands, all schools are closed on Thursday.
The Deutsche Bahn concern, the main railway operator in Germany, issued an appeal to passengers yesterday to refrain from traveling to North Rhine – Westphalia and outside this federal state in the coming days, since many sections of the railway on its territory were under water and remain unsuitable for train traffic. …