Large Oil Spill Occurs In Germany After Flooding
In the city of Hückeswagen in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, there was a spill of oil and oil products from a factory. Authorities suggest that the environmental disaster has hit the country as a result of waterlogging and powerful mudslides, reports Bild, citing the Cologne authorities.
The incident is believed to have been caused by a major flood that damaged the company’s storage facilities. The oil entered the main dam of the Wiebach River. Experts are now examining water and air samples to determine the concentration of pollutants in them.
In addition, contaminated water may have entered local reservoirs, for which local authorities have prohibited access, bathing, boating and fishing.
Since 12 July there has been heavy rain in the west and south-west of Germany, causing flooding. Rains have caused the Ar and Mosel tributaries as well as small rivers Sauer, Prüm, Nyms, Kiel and Erft to burst their banks. The death toll from flooding in Germany has risen to 156, and 670 are known to have been affected. Police have expressed fears the death toll could rise.
The federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate were struck by the floods. Furthermore, the Traunstein Crisis Management Office announced on Saturday evening that an emergency situation has been declared in the south east of Bavaria in the region of Berchtesgadener-Lande due to the flooding. More than 155 people have been killed in Germany, most of them in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, according to the latest figures.