Well, the more I listen to how the mainstream in germany treats the flood, the more I'm inclined to think that there is really some kind of damage control going on and they are desperately trying to be on top of the news flow by directing it. Maybe I'm just priming myself to see more than there is, but I just find the whole coverage rather suspicious in the way previously mentioned: downplaying the magnitude in terms of injured and death as well as scale and directing the newsflow. Today I heard how they focus on catastrophism-tourists onlookers and how bad they are (of course) and that most if not all those people are, who would have thought, either "Querdenker" people (the big movement in germany that question for example Corona), Nazis and/or conspiracy theorists.
Now of course, in the way they present this, by association, they are branding anyone going into those areas now in order to investigate the situation on their own (both in terms of magnitude and injured/deaths) or even just trying to make sense of what happened there, apart from what is being reported in the mainstream, as NAZIS.
As said, I could be priming myself to see things that are not actually there, but viewed in that light, the way the previously mentioned mayor over 12 heavily hit villages
reacted and responded to the extent of human loss in her villages, could be suspicious. Almost as if she started out telling how many people really got killed and injured and corrected herself. Could it be that she was told to keep her mouth shut about the numbers? Or that she censored herself (consciously or unconsciously) for some reasons?
Here is that part in the video:
And here the relevant part in the transcript:
[...] The last number I heard on TV this morning is that there are about 1300 people missing in the whole area.
We hope that many of these people will simply turn up, because they have not yet been able to make contact to anyone. We also don't know who has not yet been reported missing.
With us here it is simply clear, we have already many people.... uhmm...uhmm... or uhmm... many fortunately not yet.... but we definitely lost some people. And for many [their survival] is still questionable: we still have to go into houses that were completely flooded, that are still closed, where according to the last information people were sighted. We don't know if these people could still get out, if we can still find them, we hope very much. [...]