Flood-battered Germany Approves Major Relief Package
Sumaira FH 6 days ago Wed 21st July 2021 | 04:40 PM
Berlin, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Jul, 2021 ) :Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet approved a huge emergency aid package Wednesday for flood-stricken regions of Germany and said billions would be needed to rebuild homes, businesses and vital infrastructure.
A week into the region's worst flooding disaster in living memory, which has killed at least 170 in Germany, and 201 in total in Europe, the right-left "grand coalition" government unblocked some 400 million Euros ($470 million) in immediate relief.
"We will make sure that life can go on," Scholz told reporters in Berlin.
He said the coming months would bring a "billions-strong reconstruction programme to clear the devastation and restore infrastructure" including roads, bridges and railways.
"We will rebuild -- rebuild businesses, rebuild factories, rebuild buildings.
"This was flooding that surpassed our imagination when you see the destruction it wrought," Merkel told reporters after touring what the Bild daily called the "apocalyptic" wreckage of the 17,000-strong community in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) state.
"I hope it will be a matter of days," she said, noting that she had met local victims "left with nothing but the clothes on their backs".