Merkel: Rebuilding of flood-hit areas will take a long time

Sep 5, 2021, 8:13 AM | Updated: 8:18 am
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's State Premier, chairman of the Christi...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and North Rhine-Westphalia's State Premier, chairman of the Christian Democratic Union party and candidate for Chancellery Armin Laschet, center, visit the fire station in Schalksmuehle, Germany, Sunday Sept. 5, 2021. (Thilo Schmuelgen/Pool via AP)

(Thilo Schmuelgen/Pool via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — Despite Germany’s commitment to rebuilding, it will take a long time until the regions damaged by devastating floods in July are put back together, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday as she toured places badly damaged by the floods.

“The reconstruction will take a long time,” Merkel told reporters Sunday in flood-hit Hagen in North Rhine-Westphalia state.

Merkel visited a bridge in Hagen that was destroyed but has been nearly rebuilt and talked to firefighters in the Sauerland region who had lost two colleagues during rescue efforts in July, the German news agency dpa reported.

More than 180 people died in Germany and hundreds more were injured in the July 14-15 floods, which also claimed lives in neighboring Belgium. Heavy rainfall turned small streams into raging torrents, sweeping away houses, bridges and cars.

The German government quickly put into place a roughly 400 million-euro ($475 million) package of immediate aid for flood victims. Last month, it agreed to provide 30 billion euros ($35.6 billion) in longer-term aid to help rebuild the affected regions.

Merkel was accompanied by Armin Laschet, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state, who is also the center-right Union bloc’s candidate hoping to succeed Merkel as chancellor in Germany’s parliamentary election on Sept. 26. Merkel is not running again for office again after almost 16 years as chancellor.

Laschet vowed that his government will take care of the places and people most affected by the floods’ damage “so that they can live in their own homes again.” He promised to help reconstruct kindergartens and schools and get factories ready so that workers can go back to work.

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Merkel: Rebuilding of flood-hit areas will take a long time