Rescue workers are on duty in Marienthal after the flood. The flood had also destroyed numerous houses here (archive picture). Photo: Thomas Frey / dpa
The authorities announced on Monday in Koblenz that the warnings or evacuations of the population were possibly omitted or delayed. In addition to the “extensive press coverage”, this examination should also include findings from death investigations and general police information from the night of the catastrophe on 14./15. July to be included.
The communication did not specify who the initial suspicion was directed against.
The number of people who died in the flood disaster in the Ahr valley rose to 138 on Monday. 26 residents are still missing, as Florian Stadtfeld from the Koblenz police headquarters announced.
135 people had been recovered dead by the weekend. So far, 106 people have been identified, said Thomas Linnertz from the Koblenz police headquarters. So far, the police have not given any information about how many people died in the individual locations.