The German authorities do not hope to find survivors in the flood area, where more than 160 people were killed and many are missing.
“Currently, we are still looking for missing persons, for example, when clearing paths or pumping water out of basements… But, unfortunately, at the moment it is extremely likely that it is only possible to detect victims, but not to save them,” Sabine Lackner, deputy head of the German Technical Assistance Service (THW), said in an interview with the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) media group.
Lackner urged not to lay the blame for the incident on the disaster prevention system, whose better work could allegedly have prevented the loss of life. “I urge you not to talk about the failure now and not to look for the culprits,” she said.
The federal agency THW is responsible for providing assistance in natural disasters.
Last week, the west of Germany was under the power of Cyclone Bernd, in the middle of the week heavy rains hit a number of areas of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rheinland-Pfalz. Heavy precipitation led to a sharp rise in small rivers, which led to devastating flooding in a number of areas. More than 160 people became victims of the disaster, and significant damage was caused to the infrastructure.