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Saxony hit by floods

DDP/The Local · 8 Aug 2010, 11:50

Published: 08 Aug 2010 11:50 GMT+02:00

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The people of Görlitz had to spend the night in sports halls and schools, after flood warnings were called on Saturday. The towns of Rothenburg, Bad Muskau and Zodel are also badly affected.

The state's premier Stanislaw Tillich, Interior Minister Markus Ulbig and Environment Minister Frank Kupfer are all expected to travel to the affected area on Sunday. The floods have also forced the cancellation of a meeting between the German and Polish interior ministers Thomas de Maiziere and Jerzy Müller.

One man was fished out of high waters south of Görlitz with the help of a rescue helicopter. He was admitted to hospital with hypothermia and other injuries.

The northern and southern parts of the town are currently inaccessible, according to local authorities, and as yet there are no estimates of the extent of the damage. The water is reported to have poured into the town in the space of a few hours.

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18:44 August 8, 2010 by 9900lawre
If only the German goverment were to pledge as much relief to this flood as the one in Pakistan.
09:09 August 9, 2010 by moistvelvet
ever thought that the response might be proportionate, now lets see hmmm, 1,444 evacuated around a small town compared to 14 million affected in Pakistan. 1 man rescued with hypothermia compared to 1,600+ and rising killed in Pakistan.

Now which one is the real disaster worthy of German relief?

Before anyone says that charity begins at home, just remember that as a member of the G8 this industrialised country has a duty to give % of GDP to poorer countries in aid if it is to benefit from the membership of this exclusive club.
20:05 August 9, 2010 by wenddiver
@moistvelvet- Did you vote to become a member of the G-8??? So let the politicians give their money to the Pakis and lets live up to our obligation to take care of our own in Germany. I would bet my hair that this Sunday the Luheran Chuches in the US will be collecting money for relief in Saxony and Brandenburg. I intend to donate.

The US Government likes to help far from home to and is equally worthless in assisting it's own people.
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