The floods of the future require better equipment

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Copenhagen. Danske Beredskaber believes that we in Denmark should learn from the violent floods in Germany, which have cost at least 184 people their lives.

This is what Bjarne Nigaard, head of the secretariat at Danske Beredskaber, which is an association of the municipal emergency preparedness units, says.

– Hopefully there is no risk that we get water in just as large and terrible quantities as they have received in Germany.

– But we can easily get a lot of water, which in the wrong places can mean big accidents and be a great danger to life and values, he says.

Bjarne Nigaard points out that some climate scientists believe that weather events such as the one in Germany may become more frequent in the future.

– This means that floods may be with larger amounts of water, and that cloudbursts may come with even more rain than we have seen before.

He therefore believes that the emergency preparedness in Denmark must have more resources so that it is ready for the challenges of the future.

Bjarne Nigaard can not say exactly how much money is needed.

– We have not made the spreadsheet up, in relation to what it will cost, but it is clear that if we have so far had to have some barriers that cover up to a certain water level, but the water level in the future will be greater, then there will also be a need for some higher barriers.

Danske Beredskaber would use any extra money for both equipment and exercises.

– It is about getting the right material for future events, and it is about doing some exercises that mean that the collaboration works on the day it should work, says Bjarne Nigaard.

It was heavy cloudbursts that hit western Germany and Belgium on Wednesday.

The cloudbursts have later caused floods that have destroyed roads, properties, forced people to evacuate their homes and cost lives.

Hundreds have been injured and many are still missing after the floods.

The floods began Wednesday. The German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia in particular have been affected.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Rhineland-Palatinate and the Eifelgemeinde Schuld on Sunday.

In connection with the visit, the Chancellor said that Germany must become better at dealing with climate change.

/ ritzau /

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