After the evacuation of a high-rise building in Berlin-Mitte due to water damage, repairs are in full swing, according to the landlord. About 300 people from the 168 apartments on Leipziger Strasse had to leave their homes last Sunday for safety reasons.

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A spokesman for the housing association Berlin-Mitte (WGM) said on Saturday that experts and specialist companies would record damage on site and push ahead with repairs.

Cables and electrical installations are “completely water damaged” up to the twelfth floor. “Our goal is to reconnect all apartments to the power supply as quickly as possible,” said the spokesman. The telephone system in the basement was also damaged by the water.

All tenants who had contacted the WGM looking for alternative accommodation were accommodated “in hotels, apartments and flats”. The spokesman did not initially name a time when they could return to the high-rise building.

The apartments on floors 12 to 22 are to be ready to move in first, followed by the lower floors. The WGM wants to clarify rent reductions with the tenants “by mutual consent and taking into account all circumstances”.