Published On: Wed, Jul 21st, 2021
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Germans Question Handling of Floods as Hopes of Finding Survivors Fadeon July 21, 2021 at 11:27 am

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BERLIN—A relief official said on July 21 that rescue crews were unlikely to find any more survivors in the rubble of villages devastated by floods in western Germany, and a new poll showed that many Germans felt policymakers had not done enough to protect them. At least 170 people died in last week’s flooding, Germany’s worst natural disaster in more than half a century, and thousands went missing. “We are still looking for missing persons as we clear roads and pump water out of basements,” Sabine Lackner, deputy chief of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), told Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland. Any victims that are found now are likely to be dead, she said. For immediate relief, the federal government will initially provide up to 200 million euros ($235.5 million) in emergency aid, and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on July 21 that more funds can be made available if needed. …

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