Düsseldorf / Duisburg (dpa / lnw) - The survivors and injured of the Love Parade disaster will receive further financial support from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia ten years after the accident.

As the state chancellery announced on Tuesday, the state government has launched a second aid fund of five million euros on the basis of a state parliament resolution.

Prime Minister Armin Laschet wrote to the beneficiaries personally and informed them of the aid program.

On the edge of the Technoparade on July 24, 2010, 21 people were pressed to death in a crowd at the only entrance and exit to the event site.

More than 650 were injured.

The survivors and injured persons who were recorded in criminal proceedings before the Duisburg Regional Court or who have already received benefits from the state's emergency aid fund are entitled to claim.

The surviving dependents were supported with 20,000 euros each.

Injured people who had to be hospitalized for a longer period of time received up to 20,000 euros.

As part of the second aid fund, the surviving dependents are now being supported by the state with a further 50,000 euros, the injured receiving 5,000 euros.

"For the first time, those injured who did not have to be treated as inpatients also have a payment claim," emphasized the State Chancellery.

The aid is paid out via the Unfallkasse Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Eligible beneficiaries can submit an application by December 31, 2023 at the latest.

The state government is working to ensure that a disaster such as the Love Parade cannot repeat itself, it said.

A commission of experts in the Ministry of the Interior is currently reviewing and updating the «Guideline for large-scale outdoor events» published shortly after the disaster.

The commission will be advised, among others, by the expert in the Loveparade process, Prof. Jürgen Gerlach.

The Commission's work was well advanced.

Another commission of experts in the Ministry of Justice is to develop proposals in the next few months as to how complex disaster cases can be better processed in the future.


PM State Chancellery