German District Authority Refutes Dam Breach Rumours

© AFP 2022 / SEBASTIEN BOZONA rescue boat patrols next to submerged vehicles on the federal highway B265 in Erftstadt, western Germany, on July 17, 2021.
A rescue boat patrols next to submerged vehicles on the federal highway B265 in Erftstadt, western Germany, on July 17, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 17.07.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Authorities in the German district of Ahrweiler on Saturday denied rumours of dam breaches in the area after media outlets reported that people with megaphones were driving through streets spreading "fake news".
"There was no breach of a dam in Dernau", the district administration tweeted.
A car stands upside down near floating water in Iversheim, near Bad Muenstereifel, western Germany, on July 16, 2021, following heavy rains and floods. - The death toll from devastating floods in Europe soared to at least 126 on July 16, most in western Germany where emergency responders were frantically searching for missing people. - Sputnik International, 1920, 17.07.2021
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Police in the nearby city of Koblenz said dams near the towns of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler and Sinzig stood firm, following massive floods that swept the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate this week.
"There is no reason for panic! No flood wave or dam collapse in Sinzig, Ahrweiler and their surroundings", a police statement read.
Suedwestrundfunk radio reported that the rumours caused panic in the district, prompting people to flee their homes. This comes a day after police said looting was on the rise in German towns after they were evacuated in the wake of devastating floods.
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