Disaster Area Germany Receives Up to 400 Million Euros in Emergency Aid

The flood-affected areas in Germany will receive up to 400 million euros in emergency aid. The federal states are making up to 200 million euros available. The federal government doubles that amount.

 

Berlin will be ready to provide more aid if necessary, said Finance Minister Olaf Scholz.

The money is for repairing the worst structural damage to buildings and municipal infrastructure. It may also be used for special emergencies, with a case-by-case assessment of whether it is eligible for emergency aid.

Work is still underway on an additional package of probably billions of euros to rehabilitate the affected areas. However, it is not yet known how high that amount will be. This is because the total damage has not yet been determined.

The floods have caused enormous destruction in several places. At least 170 people died, including five firefighters.

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