Last week at least 170 people died in the floods in western Germany, and numerous towns were partially completely destroyed. While the clean-up work is in progress and debates are ongoing about the impact of climate change, it is becoming increasingly clear that there were warnings about the water masses days beforehand. However, they apparently did not arrive on site or did not make the danger clear enough without context. At the same time, there were shortcomings elsewhere, such as television. The failed warning day last year made it clear that the disaster control infrastructure was deficient. We talk about this in the new episode of our #heiseshow.
Why did the flood warnings apparently not arrive on site, or why did they arrive much too late? What infrastructure is there to warn the population about disasters? What has changed here in the past few years? What did we learn from the failed warning day 2020, what were the consequences? What is the role of the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance? What suggestions are there to improve the provision? Why is cell broadcast technology not used in Germany? How is the clean-up work going on in the affected areas?
Kristina Beer (@bee_k_bee) and Martin Holland (@fingolas) with the freelance journalist Nico Ernst (@Golemiker) in a new episode of #heiseshow. The show is produced by Johannes Börnsen (@videohannes).
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