July 19, 2021, 11:29
The orchestra pit of the Wuppertal opera house is filled with water, as heavy rains and floods devastate German cultural buildings.
An opera house in the North Rhine-Westaphalia region of western Germany has been hit by the flood crisis in the country.
The entire lower stage and orchestra pit of the Wuppertal opera house is now filled with “one and a half meters of water” following heavy rains on the evening of Wednesday 14 July.
At 9 p.m., the Wupper and Bever dams were filling up extremely quickly.
The dams had overflowed by 11 p.m., and that night water began to flood around the opera house.
Officials have expressed fears of “considerable damage to private and public buildings” in the region.
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The Wuppertal Opera House, which opened in 1905, mainly houses opera performances.
It also hosts dance performances by the regional company Tanztheater Wuppertal.
Emptying is currently underway at both dams amid concerns from residents of North Rhine-Westaphalia, which is one of the most affected by the extreme weather conditions.
Heavy rains and flooding claimed the lives of at least 45 people in the state of West Germany.
More than 150 people across Germany have died in the floods, which scientists say occur more frequently due to global warming.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the world must “be faster in the fight against climate change”.