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Original title: Merkel once again pledged to assist flood victims, admits that reconstruction will continue for a long time Source: CCTV News Client
On the 18th, four days after the German floods broke out, German Federal Chancellor Merkel arrived in the village of Schulder in the Eifel region of the Rhineland-Palatinate state. The Eifel region is one of the regions most severely affected by the floods in Germany.
Merkel issued a statement on the ground that the scene in the disaster area was “terrible” and that “the damage caused here is beyond words.” She also expressed condolences to other disaster-stricken areas: “Many villages have suffered huge damages just like here, and the number of casualties is still unclear.”
Merkel emphasized that the German federal government will take swift action to help the people gradually return to normal life together with the state and regional governments.
It is understood that the German Federal Government will hold a special meeting on the 21st to introduce a package of assistance programs to provide rapid assistance to the disaster area and rebuild infrastructure. However, Merkel admitted that the reconstruction process may last a considerable amount of time.
According to police data, in the Ahrweiler region of Rhineland-Palatinate alone, at least 110 people were killed and 670 injured. North Rhine-Westphalia’s currently confirmed death toll is 46, Bavaria At least one person died in the state. At present, the search and rescue work in the disaster-affected area has not been completed, and the number of victims may further increase. (Headquarters reporter Yu Peng)
(Edited by Shao Xiwei)
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