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Storm in Germany: Company donates 10 million, farmers help with tractors

by archyw

Flood disaster
From farmer Willi to discounter – whether with your own commitment or ten million euros, help is on the way

Two men drive a tractor through a flooded street in Ophoven, a district of Wassenberg (Heinsberg district)

© Thomas Banneyer / Picture Alliance

Five days after the first floods, there is still chaos in some regions of Germany. But then suddenly farmers appeared and financial pledges from major donors.

After the floods in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, the masses of water also hit Saxony and Bavaria at the weekend. Flooded streets, landslides, evacuated houses show the disaster situation in the affected federal states, dead and missing people testify to the suffering of the families. Germany has seldom experienced weather conditions like those of the last few days. Nevertheless, there are still voices who do not believe that the storm catastrophe is a result of climate change, that that is “weather”, you can read in the comments on social media.

Others have recognized the seriousness of the situation and do not ask about the causes, but set out to help. Everyone as he can. While professionals such as the fire brigade and THW were unable to get to their locations in some places due to damaged roads and bridges, farmer Willi, for example, posted a video of his agricultural colleagues that was recorded on Friday. The farmers from the Westerwald jumped on their tractors and wheel loaders and drove to the regions that needed and need help.

On Sunday, the “Lebensmittel-Zeitung” reported a generous donation: The Neckarsulmer Schwarz Group had significantly increased its aid pledges for the victims of the flood disaster in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia at the weekend. If that doesn’t mean anything: Lidl and Kaufland, for example, belong to this group. 10 million euros are to be made available to those affected as emergency aid.

Offers of help from many sides

Hands on The do-it-yourself temple Obi already showed itself on Friday afternoon: The hardware store chain posted on Facebook: “To all aid organizations in the regions of the flood accident: If you need shovels, brooms, pumps and equipment, please contact your nearest OBI store immediately. We will try to provide you with everything you need for your work on site, free of charge, as best as possible. Please SHARE this post so that we can reach as many aid organizations as possible! “

The Stern Foundation also collects donations to help those affected. The incoming money is forwarded to selected aid organizations. Any amount helps. The bank account is Stiftung stern eV – IBAN DE90 2007 0000 0469 9500 01 – Keyword “Flood 2021”, www.stiftungstern.de. THANKS!

Swell:Facebook farmer Willi, “Lebensmittel-Zeitung”, Facebook Obi

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