July 29, 2021

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During the floods in Germany, a Brazilian family spends the night on the roof with a neighbor: ‘I lived a life of terror’

Rio – a The tragic flood that hit Germany Between Thursday and Friday night, Brazilians Marcela Amandio, Lucas Spader and their daughter Olivia suffered a major loss of 7 years. Residents on the first floor of a townhouse in the town of Bad Nunehr Ahrwheiler said they quickly swept the property into the water and reached up to the waist, while Marcella was still trying to store the most important documents and items. Eventually, even the adjoining apartment on the second floor was flooded, forcing everyone to spend the night on the roof, covered with wet blankets. One Kitty Online It raised more than $ 10,000 to help rebuild the house.

“I lived in terrorism,” Lucas described. – For the first time in my life I was so scared.

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Lucas, who has lived in Germany for a year, said he had never seen anything like it in the region until 11pm when the rain really intensified. At the time, he was working in a restaurant opposite his building where his wife and daughter were staying. When there was a commotion inside the place the boy noticed that something strange was happening and he was frightened to see what he saw outside.

“I ran away.” My wife was awake. He gave me the car key and I tried to find a higher place to get out of it, but it wasn’t, so I left it in a parking lot and ran to my house.

Marcella, at first, said the two were already asleep when it rained, but she woke up at 10pm when she heard a neighbor knocking on the door and then asked her to put the car in a safe place and carry her essentials. On the ground. Above.

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– It was very fast. The neighbors took my daughter upstairs. By the time we saw it, water was already entering the house. I left the house and the water was up to my waist. I tried to pick up as many items as I could. I even fell and cut my leg, but it was okay. We went upstairs and the water did not rise. By God’s intercession, we were able to climb the roof through the pipe, and it didn’t break. This is an unnatural force – said Marcella.

It was during this attempt to save the most important items that Lucas came home from the rain. When they took refuge in the house next door, they noticed that the water was constantly rising and they had no choice but to take refuge on the roof.

“I was able to store some equipment and documents, so we went upstairs to the neighbour’s house. The water only rose and almost reached her apartment where we were. It was our chance to climb to the roof. Then we went upstairs through the water tank pipe. It was my next door neighbor, then her. Boyfriend. My daughter was asleep. When I woke up, she was scared. I did not want to leave the house crying a lot. Then I was able to climb my daughter (to the roof). Then my wife. Finally, I went upstairs, “Lucas announced. Some covers were available, but they were wet. We were very cold at dawn.

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From conversations with former residents of the city, Lucas learned that the area had been hit by floods in 2016, but no one with such severe effects had been seen since 1910.

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To rebuild their home, the Brazilian family owns an online kit at the initiative of Marcela’s family, which has already raised more than $ 10,000. These plans involve moving to another home, but although this is not possible, they are staying with Brazilian friends in the area.

– Even when we saw it (in the amount collected) did not believe. They are really special people – thanks Lucas. – (We propose) Change places of course, but for now it’s hard. For now, I have two Brazilian families here, who helped me a lot, as well as Italians and Germans.

As for his workplace restaurant, Lucas hopes the initiative will resurface.

– We don’t know anything at the moment (about what will happen to the restaurant). But he will rise again. It used to be through a fire and it will definitely go through this as well.

More than 120 people were killed by thunderstorms. Germany and Belgium were the most affected countries

Before Heavy rains in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, European officials have warned of the need to engage in the fight against global warming to prevent similar tragedies. More than 120 people have died in the rains, the majority in West Germany and 1,300 have not been found, what is the region’s biggest climate tragedy in more than a century?

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In a post on its Facebook page, it said about 1,300 people were missing in the Bad Nunehr-Ahrweiler district south of the state capital, Cologne. It is not yet known if they were washed or lost contact on the phone.

Due to the floods, the slopes collapsed, rivers overflowed, houses were destroyed, cars were blown away, trees were uprooted and structures of public buildings were destroyed. European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen told reporters that this was a clear sign of urgency.