How the military is helping in Germany's flood-hit areas

Type: Article

Language(s): English

Description: The German military is deploying soldiers to help with relief efforts in the flood regions of western Germany. The country has tight constitutional restrictions on how the Bundeswehr is used within its borders.

This July 2021 article in DW (Deutsche Welle) written when the German army sent personnel and heavy equipment to parts of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia as cleanup and rescue efforts continued following some of the worst flooding the country has ever recorded also explains that “The German military's activities are carefully circumscribed by the country's Basic Law, or constitution — among other rules, the army can only be deployed inside the borders at the specific request of a civilian authority, or if human safety is in imminent danger.”

Author(s): Ben Knight

Published by: DW (Deutsche Welle)

Publication Date: 19 July 2021

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TOPICS / Subjects:

  • Infrastructure
  • Floods
  • Civil Military Cooperation

Other Key Words: Germany

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