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Help and sympathy for those affected by the storm

"I'm standing on my lettuce field and the water is ankle high. It's clear that no more lettuce will grow here," organic farmer Heinz Höneisen from Andelfingen in Canton Zurich told SWR. The lettuce looks good from a distance, but is unsaleable because it has been in the water too long.

Supply bottlenecks feared in Switzerland
Markus Waber of the Association of Swiss Vegetable Producers is worried: "We will still feel this next spring. Especially vegetables that we store, like carrots or onions, there could be a shortage and we would have to compensate with imports."

Floods: Sympathy for affected families and businesses
The German Horticultural Association (Zentralverband Gartenbau e. V. (ZVG) is concerned about the current flood damage, especially in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as rising levels in Bavaria, Saxony and other German states.

"Our sympathy goes out to all affected families and farms," says ZVG President Jürgen Mertz. "The ZVG top management is in close coordination with the horticultural insurance company in order to clarify the affected situation as quickly as possible and to be able to react accordingly."

Retail chains donate to regions affected by the storm
The companies of the Schwarz Group, Lidl, Kaufland, Schwarz Produktion and PreZero, would like to contribute to the immediate support with a donation of 10 million euros, expressing their solidarity in these difficult hours.

"We are following the events in the flooded areas in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate with great sadness. Our condolences go to those affected and their families, our thoughts and wishes are with those who continue to hold out in uncertainty and fight for their lives, their belongings. Our appreciation and admiration go to all those who are on duty day and night in the flooded areas, working hard under the most adverse circumstances for the people in need."

"We at the Schwarz Group want to help. Supplying the people in the crisis areas with the bare essentials is being done by various aid organizations together with the police, fire department, German armed forces and other helpers. We are indebted to all these people. But in order to be able to help, they also need the support of the solidarity community, be it through donations in kind or money. We have therefore decided to live up to our responsibility as one of the country's largest business enterprises by making a donation of 10 million euros to "Aktion Deutschland Hilft"."

"We are experiencing one of the biggest disasters Germany has ever had to cope with. The extent and magnitude of the damage caused by the floods are basically not yet foreseeable. This makes it all the more important for us to make a contribution so that help can be provided quickly where it is most urgently needed at the moment. That is why we have decided to support "Aktion Deutschland hilft"."

Kaufland had already announced yesterday that they had donated 250,000 euros through "Aktion Deutschland hilft" for those affected by the floods.

Penny launches donation campaign
After the catastrophic floods, many people are left with nothing. The masses of water have taken everything from them virtually overnight. PENNY is therefore launching a fundraising project to help flood victims in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate from Wednesday (21 July).

Starting Wednesday (21 July), customers can donate online up to and including Saturday (31 July). To do so, customers can simply and conveniently buy a donation slip for the benefit of DRK flood relief at This has a nominal value of five euros. PENNY increases this donation to 15 euros.

"Many people have lost everything in the floods. Together with our customers, we are showing our solidarity. We will then pass on the money directly to one of the donation accounts that have been set up," said Stefan Magel, Divisional Board Member Retail Germany and COO PENNY.

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