In the aftermath of yesterday’s earthquake, 20km NNW Düsseldorf, the eastern province of K-Land, was heavily hit. The cities of Düsseldorf and Krefeld were destroyed by 50% after the first air reconnaissance. Communication is only possible sporadically and critical infrastructure such as water supply and sewerage has been destroyed.
The bridges across the Meuse seem to be destroyed after air reconnaissance, but no confirmation could be given from the ground. Despite the higher functionality of the airport Einhoven is the only access via the bridge in Gennep.
The harbor in Duesseldorf was severely damaged, as were the streets in the south of Xanten. According to an initial assessment, the Weeze region and the Kleve district show a destruction of about 30%. As the only open road connection is through this area and the only operational airport to the left of the Meuse is here, homeless people and refugees have begun to migrate to Weeze, assuming that assistance and support will be focussed here.
Initial reports indicate that these people have selected the former parking lot of the airport to wait for support, the destroyed regional hospital is nearby. The absence of high buildings creates a certain feeling among the refugees, as occasional aftershocks are still noticeable. The flights with humanitarian aid reach Weeze, but can only be severely restricted due to the lack of fuel, transport facilities, communication and handling capacity at the airport. Some flights have been diverted to Eindhoven and Antwerp, both alternative airports are overfilled.
The first actions need to focus on SAR (search and rescue), medical care, the recovery of corpses and the provision of accommodation. There is also a need for treatment tablets for water, food and high-energy biscuits. Suitable centers for the distribution of these goods must be identified.
The communication is severely disrupted and the teams have to rely on their own equipment as well as their energy sources. Communication via satellite and Internet functions occasionally, permanent access is not possible. The power station in Weeze is currently not functioning, detailed inspection is necessary.