British flood expert Hannah Cloke, professor of hydrology at the University of Reading, has given the federal government and the German civil protection system joint responsibility for the devastating consequences of the flood.
According to the data, european system for flood warning sounded the alarm on July 10, four days before the start of the floods by sending warnings to the German and Belgian governments.
According to The Times, Germany knew the flood was coming but the warnings did not work. Hannah Cloke stated that the alarm system should have been more efficient for people to understand the warnings.
“It does not make sense to have large computer models that predict what will happen if people do not know what to do when a flood occurs. The fact that people have not been evacuated or have not received proper warnings shows that something has gone wrong“, She said
With the exception of individual municipalities, the day before the disaster they were “warned of rainfall of up to 200 liters per square meter”. Four days after devastating storms in the Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, the death toll has risen to more than 150.
According to police, at least 110 people lost their lives and 670 were injured in the Ahrweiler district alone. In North Rhine-Westphalia, the death toll confirmed as of noon Sunday was 46, including four firefighters.
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