Germany to provide $35 billion in aid for flood-hit regions

12th August, 2021.      //   General Interest  // 

 

BERLIN, Germany — The German government said on Tuesday that it will provide 30 billion euros ($35 billion) to aid in the reconstruction of areas devastated by severe floods last month.

The state flood relief plan was agreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the presidents of Germany’s 16 states, but parliament still needs to ratify it.

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“This is significantly more than we had for previous floods,” Merkel told journalists in Berlin.

The July 14-15 floods in Germany killed more than 180 people and wounded hundreds more. The floods also killed individuals in Belgium. Small streams transformed into roaring floods as a result of the heavy rain, washing away buildings, bridges, and automobiles.

This week, a United Nations science group issued a study warning that as the globe warms, extreme weather events would become more common.

The federal government and states will split the cost of the German assistance plan, which was approved only weeks before the country’s national election on Sept. 26. The latter’s payments will be stretched out over 30 years.

The two sides also agreed to set up a countrywide siren system and implement a mechanism that would allow authorities to send push notifications to people’s cellphones in the event of a crisis. Prosecutors are looking into whether officials neglected to provide appropriate warnings to residents during the floods.

The government will also look into the idea of requiring flood and other weather-related damage insurance.