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‘I didn’t die by drowning but I was afraid of freezing to death’, says Santa Catarina who survived floods in Germany | Santa Catarina

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Marcela da Silva Amandio, from Santa Catarina, whose house was destroyed in Germany during the flood that hit the city where she lives, in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, recalled the moments of fear and apprehension that she lived with her daughter and husband while trying to leave the property. THE family had to seek shelter in a higher place, on the roof slab of another neighbor’s apartment. The flood hit the German city on Wednesday night (14). Marcela is sheltering in a friend’s house and says that the water and electricity supply in the place has not yet been normalized.

“It was the worst night of my life, I have no wish for anyone. I didn’t drown, but I was very scared of freezing to death. We hugged each other all night and that’s what kept us warm,” said Marcela.

She is from Turvo, in the south of Santa Catarina, and reported the difficulties she went through to get out of the property. (see below). Marcela’s mother, who lives in Santa Catarina, Christiani Alves da Silva, says that the family also had to face a temperature of 13ºC. “Although it is already summer there, that night it was very cold, because it rained a lot,” he said. Marcela sent videos to her mother showing the place where they were sheltered. (see below).

Santa Catarina shows where family was stranded after flooding in Germany

Santa Catarina shows where family was stranded after flooding in Germany

“It was a night of panic I never want to remember. But thanks for being alive. Today, what happened to me came to pass and I started to cry. Because it seems that all this was not real”, says Marcela.

The family stayed from 11:00 pm until 6:00 am in the morning, sheltered on the slab roof of a neighbor’s apartment. Marcela says that as soon as the water lowered a little, two men used a ladder and a table to get to where the family was. The water, according to her, only completely descended around 10 am.

“[Nas ruas] There were piles and piles of logs and cars. Three, four meters. It was scary,” he recalls.

Marcela Amandio tells how her family was protected during the flood in Germany
Marcela Amandio tells how her family was protected during the flood in Germany

Marcela Amandio tells how her family was protected during the flood in Germany

The strong floods turned streets into rivers with violent currents, which swept cars, uprooted trees and caused the collapse of some buildings. Dams are at risk of breaking in Germany and Belgium. The rains have also caused disturbances in the Netherlands and France (See images of the floods in the video below).

More than 170 deaths caused by floods in Europe were confirmed until this Saturday morning (17). In Germany, there were 143.

Video shows when water advances in Germany
Video shows when water advances in Germany

Video shows when water advances in Germany

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View of the place where Marcela’s family is sheltered — Photo: Christiani Alves/Personal Archive

“We are without energy, without water. We managed to go to the market to buy groceries. I am using candlelight, because we do not have a forecast for the return of light, it could take up to months,” he says.

Due to the lack of energy and internet, family and friends have taken turns using their cell phones and sending messages to family members in Brazil.

Brazilian talks about support from friends after having house destroyed in flood in Germany
Brazilian talks about support from friends after having house destroyed in flood in Germany

Brazilian talks about support from friends after having house destroyed in flood in Germany

Since September 2020, Marcela has lived in Germany together with her husband and their 7-year-old daughter. The city where the family lives is the capital of the Ahrweileir district.

Marcela says that she was at home with her family on the day of the flood and did not think the water would rise so quickly.

“on my turn [de subir], I wasn’t succeeding, but my husband, I don’t know where he got the strength, pushed me. I thought I was going to fall into the water, but I caught myself on the ledge and managed to climb up. It really was a divine force,” he recalls.

VIDEO: Storm causes flooding in Germany and Belgium;  there are dead
VIDEO: Storm causes flooding in Germany and Belgium;  there are dead

VIDEO: Storm causes flooding in Germany and Belgium; there are dead

“We are trying to bring Amanda and her daughter to Brazil. Because there [na Alemanha] conditions are precarious today. But her husband will stay and as soon as everything is normalized they will come back”, concluded Marcela’s mother, Christiani Alves da Silva.

Rains and floods in Europe: storm leaves dozens of people dead in Germany and Belgium and affects cities in the Netherlands and France as well — Photo: Amanda Paes/G1

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