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Coincidence may have saved Svenja's life حياة

Coincidence may have saved Svenja’s life حياة

Be very careful, it’s slippery here, says Svenja Harzim, 26, while watching TV 2 in what is now the remains of her apartment.

50 meters from the river that wreaked catastrophic destruction in Germany is the block where she has lived for two and a half years.

Within a stone’s throw, the houses collapsed.

Spends time helping

In the Flood Zone: TV 2 reporter Selma Guner and photojournalist Simin Askger. Photo: Simen Askjer/TV 2

When TV 2 meets the 26-year-old in the small town of Bad-Neuenahr, she is busy helping neighbors get water from homes and dump flood waste.

She says she doesn’t have enough strength to handle the situation, and would rather spend the time helping those who can do so with the little that can be done.

Her own apartment has been completely damaged, but to Harzem it is trivial in the big picture.

Total Injury: This was the former kitchen of Svenja Harzem.  The apartment was completely damaged after the flood.

Total Injury: This was the former kitchen of Svenja Harzem. The apartment was completely damaged after the flood. Photo: Simen Askjer/TV 2

– There’s not much to save here, but I’m trying to say it’s just stuff. She says the most important thing is that I and my neighbors are alive.

In her apartment, the water was almost reaching the ceiling.

– I think about how strong the water is, when you see how completely damaged furniture and cars are.

It was fortunate that she did not end up in the middle of the situation. Harzem was visiting a friend when the worst weather hit the city.

– I’m so glad I wasn’t here. Everyone around here is shocked. They talk about loud noises and from ignorance of what’s going to happen next, she says.

missing friends

As far as Harizm knows, things are going well with the neighbors in the building, but she doesn’t know where they were when they were asked to evacuate from the city.

Missing Friends: Svenja Harzem thinks everyone in the building should have come to safety, but she has friends who aren't counted.

Missing Friends: Svenja Harzem thinks everyone in the building should have come to safety, but she has friends who aren’t counted. Photo: Simen Askjer/TV 2

– I think everyone is out, but I haven’t seen them since I came back.

It shows an apartment in which a girl lives and another apartment that is said to live in a family of five.

– I hope they find another place to live, with friends or family.

In addition to the damage to the apartments, there is no electricity or internet connection in the building.

On Thursday evening, German authorities reported 1,300 people missing. Some of them are friends of Harzem.

Destroyed: The ground is full of mud and there is nothing left after the flood hit Svenia's apartment.

Destroyed: The ground is full of mud and there is nothing left after the flood hit Svenia’s apartment. Photo: Simen Askjer/TV 2

“I only hope that it does not mean death, but that there will be people without a cover that cannot be reached,” she said.

Totally unexpected

The floods have claimed at least 126 lives so far, 106 of them in Germany and 20 in Belgium.

Harzem says there have been similar cases before in the country before, but never before.

Nobody expected it to be this bad. It happened quickly.

She herself feels lucky.

– I have a place to live and I have clothes to go with. Not my own brand, but who cares?

– She adds that there are many who do not have the same thing.

Flooded: The water almost came to the surface in the apartment of Svenja Harzim, 26.  All her belongings were destroyed.

Flooded: The water almost came to the surface in the apartment of Svenja Harzim, 26. All her belongings were destroyed. Photo: Simen Askjer/TV 2

massive destruction

Cologne authorities on Friday morning released aerial photographs showing the massive devastation after the worst climate disaster since World War II in Germany.

Several people were killed on Friday morning in the Erfstadt-Belsem district when several houses collapsed in the face of the forces of nature.

A DPA spokesperson says there have been repeated emergency calls from people trapped in homes. Many of them are said to have been in the area despite eviction warnings.

In addition to the southwestern parts of Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg were badly affected by the bad weather.

A ministry spokesman said that the German Defense Ministry had declared a state of alert for a military disaster Globalism.

Massive devastation: A man walks through Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler who suffered massive devastation after a natural disaster.

Massive devastation: A man walks through Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler who suffered massive devastation after a natural disaster. Photo: Christoph Staci/AFP

The German state of Rhineland-Palatinate was particularly hard hit after several days of heavy rain.

The Minister of the Interior of the Rhineland-Palatinate, Roger Lewens, described according to Globalism The situation is catastrophic.

– It is too early to determine the number of dead, because rescue crews constantly find bodies when searching in basements. He says this is dramatic.

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