'Like a Ghost Town': High Water Devastates Deggendorf

'Like a Ghost Town': High Water Devastates Deggendorf

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 07, 2013

Parts of the Bavarian town of Deggendorf have been completely submerged in this week's flood. SPIEGEL ONLINE joined rescue workers on a nighttime patrol. By Gesa Mayr more... Comment ]

Europe Submerged: Floods Head for Hungary, Eastern Germany

Europe Submerged: Floods Head for Hungary, Eastern Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 07, 2013

The dramatic flooding that has engulfed parts of Central Europe this week is moving north and east. Hungary, the Czech Republic and Northern Germany are bracing for peak water levels as those in other areas begin to survey the fall-out. more... Comment ]


High Water Hell: Merkel Promises More Aid to Flood Victims

High Water Hell: Merkel Promises More Aid to Flood Victims

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2013

Flooding continued to overwhelm parts of Germany on Thursday, prompting Angela Merkel to visit affected communities. The country will provide as much aid to victims as it can afford, the chancellor said. more... Comment ]

Empty Fund: EU Lacks Money for Flood Aid

Empty Fund: EU Lacks Money for Flood Aid

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2013

Germany and several of its neighbors have been battling record flooding for days. But the European Union said on Wednesday that the aid fund for such disasters is depleted. The bloc's budget deadlock means that Central Europe will have to go it alone. more... Comment ]


Europe Under Water: Record Floods Hit Eastern Germany

Europe Under Water: Record Floods Hit Eastern Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 05, 2013

As flooding continues across Central Europe, tens of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes. After two levees broke in southeastern Germany, people had to be rescued from their rooftops by helicopters. more... Comment ]

Historic High Water: Passau Suffers Worst Flood in 500 Years

Historic High Water: Passau Suffers Worst Flood in 500 Years

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2013

Amid the worst flooding seen in half a millennium, the streets of Passau have been transformed into canals, full of soldiers evacuating pensioners in rubber boats. Though the water is receding, the worst is yet to come with the assessment of damages in the Bavarian town. By Björn Hengst in Passau more... Comment ]


Floods in Germany: Merkel Pledges Aid for Disaster Zone

Floods in Germany: Merkel Pledges Aid for Disaster Zone

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged 100 million euros in immediate aid on Tuesday during a visit to flood-stricken areas of Germany. While water levels are falling in some places, the worst is yet to come for others. more... Comment ]

Relentless Rain: Army Called in to Fight Worsening Floods

Relentless Rain: Army Called in to Fight Worsening Floods

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 03, 2013

The death toll from flooding in central Europe has reached nine so far and more heavy rain is expected. In Germany, soldiers have been called out to help evacuate towns and pile sandbags while the historic old town of Passau is already under water. Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised full support. more... Comment ]


Volcanic Riddle: Burst in Mount Etna Eruptions Puzzles Experts

Volcanic Riddle: Burst in Mount Etna Eruptions Puzzles Experts

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 24, 2013

Mount Etna is spitting lava more violently than it has in years, and scientists are baffled as to why. Despite being the world's most-studied volcano, the Sicilian mountain is also its most unpredictable. By Hilmar Schmundt more... Comment ]

Debauchery Disrupted: Father's Day Lightning Strike Injures 40

Debauchery Disrupted: Father's Day Lightning Strike Injures 40

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2013

Father's Day in Germany is traditionally an occasion for massive alcohol intake and a bit of quality time with the guys. One such gathering on Thursday, however, was disrupted by a lightning strike, sending dozens of revellers to the hospital. more... Comment ]