NewsThe words storm in 150 years. Hundreds of millions dollars lost

The words storm in 150 years. Hundreds of millions dollars lost

Damages from the Babet storm are estimated at hundreds of millions of euros.
Damages from the Babet storm are estimated at hundreds of millions of euros.
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7:06 AM EDT, October 22, 2023, updated: 3:10 AM EDT, October 23, 2023

Estimations of losses after storm Babet are ongoing. Northern Germany suffered the most - particularly the state of Schleswig-Holstein and Denmark. The losses are already estimated in hundreds of millions of euros. Local media reports that this is the "worst storm surge in 150 years".

A record flood in the Baltic Sea caused multimillion-dollar damages in Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Rescue services still have plenty of work ahead of them. Hundreds of rescuers are currently involved in cleaning the coast - reports German public broadcaster NDR.

The storm surge in the Baltic Sea hit Schleswig-Holstein particularly hard. 2,000 people were saved from flooding - reports public broadcaster NDR. The fire brigade in Schleswig-Holstein counted over 1000 operations due to the storm.

Trees were falling over, embankments were cracking, dozens of boats sunk or were washed ashore. The seaside infrastructure is destroyed, and many basements are also flooded.

Flensburg suffered the most, the areas around the port are still closed to traffic. Repair work will probably last for weeks. - The last time there was such a flood here was in 1904 - said Ines Perlet-Markus, a spokeswoman for the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) in Rostock.

- This is a picture of total disaster. I don't know how many units sank. Masts are sticking out everywhere - a port worker in Schilksee told NDR station.

One person is dead

A 33-year-old woman was killed on the Baltic island of Fehmarn in Schleswig-Holstein due to a storm when a tree knocked down by the storm hit her car on Friday afternoon.

Babet also wreaked havoc among residents of Denmark. The storm surge also led to power outages and evacuations on the popular tourist coasts in the south and east of Denmark. Near Haderslev, the infrastructure was destroyed, and one of the flood barriers was breached. In southern Jutland, some areas were also without power on Saturday morning.

Earlier, the storm caused damage in Scotland, and also reached the southern coasts of Norway.

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