“We will do what is necessary to help everyone as quickly as possible," Scholz said.
At least 171 people were killed in
The deluges also destroyed or severely damaged homes. Authorities in
“It's necessary to send a message quickly that there is a future, that we are taking care of it together, that this is a matter for us as the whole country to help with,” he added.
Scholz said the government aid for rebuilding after the 2013 floods has totaled around
“There is nothing we need to delay,” he told reporters in
He and Scholz indicated that people can expect reconstruction aid whether or not they were insured for “elementary damage” from events such as floods, which many in
Seehofer said there will have to be “a broad debate about safeguard systems” for the future given that natural disasters are likely to become more frequent and more destructive.
Scholz concurred, adding: “in terms of what's going on now, we have to help. I would argue against being cynical and being heartless. This is a big disaster, we have to help and that has to be the first priority, rather than any principles.”
The head of an organization representing German insurance companies said it expects insured damage to total 4 billion to
It will likely exceed the damage of