A GERMAN minister was compelled to apologise after he was caught on digital camera LAUGHING throughout a go to to a flood-ravaged city.

Armin Laschet, 60, was seen joking whereas President Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave an announcement expressing sympathy for the victims of the flooding within the city of Erftstadt.


Armin Laschet was seen laughing within the flood-ravaged city of Erftstadt[/caption]


143 individuals have died within the floods[/caption]


1300 individuals stay lacking within the German area[/caption]

At one level within the footage, Laschet bursts out laughing whereas chatting with individuals round him.

“Laschet laughs whereas the nation cries,” the German newspaper Bild every day mentioned.

Laschet apologised on Twitter, saying that he regretted “the impression that was given by a dialog scenario”.

“This was inappropriate and I’m sorry,” he added.

The German chancellor candidate is the frontrunner within the race to succeed Angela Merkel.

Commentators have been fast to criticise Laschet on social media for his behaviour on the press convention within the hard-hit city.

“I’m speechless,” tweeted the secretary-general of the centre-left Social Democrats, Lars Klingbeil.

“I grew up in Erftstadt,” tweeted Olav Waschkies.

“‘The behaviour of our state premier is unacceptable and unforgivable.”


To this point 143 individuals have died in Germany and 1,300 individuals stay lacking after one of many worst floods in its historical past unleashed raging waters that promoted landslides.

Emergency staff are in a race in opposition to time as they attempt to rescue tons of of individuals in peril or nonetheless unaccounted for amid mounting considerations of a recent catastrophe as extra freak rainstorms are forecast.

Terrifying drone footage reveals the true carnage left behind.

Drone footage shot by Reuters reveals streets with water nonetheless streaming via, with the street in some locations having been washed away by the flooding.

Because the drone pans additional down the road, the extent of injury brought on by the landslides turns into obvious.

Homes have disintegrated into rubble, whereas pipes lay in piles alongside fences and displaced bricks. 

Because the drone pans again in direction of the city, individuals may be seen wading via the waterlogged streets, surveying the mess their properties have develop into. 

Germany’s DWD meteorologists are predicting additional “excessive storms” within the western and central elements of Germany, with peak rainfall probably reaching 200 litres per sq. metre.

This has threatened to boost the mighty Rhine river to harmful ranges.

And folks residing under the Steinbach reservoir, south of Cologne, have been advised to flee amid warnings the dam may burst.

Neighbouring Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands have additionally been affected by the heavy storms.