Germans question the treatment of floods in hopes of finding survivors declining


Berlin — Rescue officials said Wednesday that rescue teams are unlikely to find any more survivors in the rubble of villages devastated by the floods in West Germany, and new polls show that many Germans are policy makers. He showed that he felt he did not do enough to protect them.

Last week’s floods killed at least 170 people and left thousands missing in Germany’s worst natural disaster in more than half a century.

“We’re looking for missing people to clear the roads and pump water from the basement,” Sabine Lackner, deputy director of the Federal Technical Assistance Corps (THW), told Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland.

She said that any victim currently found is likely to be dead.

For immediate relief, the federal government will initially provide emergency assistance of up to € 200 million ($ 235.5 million), and Treasury Minister Olaf Scholz will have more money available on Wednesday as needed. Said that it can be done.

This is in addition to at least € 250 million ($ 294 million) provided by affected states to repair buildings and infrastructure in damaged areas and assist people in crisis. I will.

Mr Scholz also said the government will contribute to the cost of rebuilding destroyed infrastructure such as roads and bridges. The full extent of the damage is still unclear, but according to Scholz, the reconstruction after the last flood cost about € 6 billion ($ 7 billion).

Economic Minister Peter Altmaier said Deutschlandfunk Radio will include funding to help businesses such as restaurants and beauty salons make up for their lost income.

The flood dominated the political agenda less than three months after the September general election, raising unpleasant questions about why Europe’s richest economies were in step.

Two-thirds of Germans believe that federal and regional policy makers should have done more to protect their communities from floods, an INSA study for the German mass-market newspaper build. The investigation by the institute was shown on Wednesday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, who visited the stormy town of Bad Münstereifel on Tuesday, was widely accused of being unprepared despite severe weather warnings from meteorologists, after which authorities failed. He said he would look into it.

Maria Sheehan