The flood disaster in NRW remains extremely tense on Friday, houses collapse near Cologne.
Many residents have already returned to their homes - despite warnings.
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The flood disaster will not ease on Friday either.
At least 30 fatalities are to be mourned in North Rhine-Westphalia alone.
On Friday the tide rolled to Erftstadt
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Erftstadt - After the storm disaster, the situation in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate did not ease on Friday either, in Erftstadt-Blessem a number of houses collapsed in whole or in part.
The Cologne district government announced this on Friday morning.
The cause is massive and rapidly progressing underwashing of the houses.
Flood disaster in North Rhine-Westphalia: The first houses in Erftstadt collapse - emergency calls are increasing
Emergency calls keep coming from the houses. As the WDR reports, many people are said to have already returned to their homes despite warnings. Many others should not have left the affected area from the start. At the moment, however, people could only be rescued from the water by boat. In addition, a gas leak that cannot be shut off makes rescue work more difficult. Several nursing homes would be evacuated. According to the WDR, hospitals should not be able to continue their operations either.