October 2, 2022

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In the most affected areas, unity is maintained

In Germany, two days after the catastrophic floods of July 14 and 15, the death toll now stands at 141, with many still missing. Landers of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate are particularly affected. At the site, unity is organized. Lots of residents respond to calls for donations. Pat Bodentorf, near Pan, at a center that welcomes homeless victims and collects donations.

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At the moment, it is a small truck that fills the roof with all sorts of items that can be parked in front of the school and converted into an emergency shelter. Alvina, starts, unloads stuff. “We collect and bring donations from family and friends, He explains. There are layers of children’s clothing, food for animals, all we can collect. ”

“We live in a place we haven’t touched, but we care. For us, it was clear we needed help.”

Alvina, a volunteer who came to help the flood victims


In the center’s reception area, members of the Red Cross are supported by volunteers who come to give a loan. Some come from northern Germany, sometimes coming from far and wide to help. Victim Julia, 18, takes care of the needs of the victims. “It breaks your heart to see that people have lost everything, She believes. Everything is gone: their home, their profession. Their lives were shattered. It’s good for me that so many people are mobilizing. This will help to deal with this disaster quickly. “

Drinking troughs on July 17, 2021 in Cincinnati (Rhineland-Palatinate), 3 km from Bad Potentorf (Germany).  (Sebastian Pere)

School classrooms are divided into smaller rooms to accommodate those who have lost everything. Manfred, 70, his wife and 14-year-old grandson are sleeping three nights in one of these rooms. Manfred says: “There was a lot of water, no more road. They let us out through the loudspeaker: ‘Go, go, go.’ There is no way we can go home and we have no choice.

Other residents who were less affected were able to stay at home. But they have lost running water and are coming to get bottles of mineral water. Jessica came on the bike with her daughter. She leaves with a pair of boots and gloves to clean the house and garage. “There’s no longer a bridge, we can’t take the car anymore, so we have to go cattle or not Bike, she testifies. “We traveled 2km, we had no water, no electricity, lighted by candles … our toilets had water from the firefighters and we could wash ourselves. It’s hard to imagine when everything was going right, you didn’t realize. “

The pace of solidarity was such that the managers of an adjoining building where furniture was collected stopped soliciting donations. Victims do not have much space to store leftovers.

In the aftermath of the floods, unity was organized in Germany: the statement of Sebastian Perry


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