Floods in Germany: more than 30 billion euros needed to eliminate the consequences

Floods in Germany: more than 30 billion euros needed to eliminate the consequences
Floods in Germany: more than 30 billion euros needed to eliminate the consequences

The prime minister of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Lasche said that at least 13 billion euros would be needed in his land alone. The natural disaster killed more than 180 people last month.

North Rhine-Westphalia Prime Minister and CDU Chancellor candidate Armin Lasche said on Monday that at least € 26 billion ($ 30.5 billion) would be needed to rebuild affected areas in Germany after the deadly flood last month.

The comments came ahead of a conference on Tuesday between Chancellor Angela Merkel and state leaders at which they are expected to sign a recovery plan.

What did Lasha say?

"The total damage in North Rhine-Westphalia, according to initial estimates, will reach 13 billion euros," - said Lasche to the MPs of the state.

The flood damaged more than 150 schools in the land, as well as 200 kindergartens.

Lasche promised to do his best to help the affected cities and families recover from the disaster.

He said that reconstruction costs in neighboring Rhineland-Palatinate "will reach a similar, possibly even greater amount."

"All lands have shown that they are ready to undertake commitments in the amount of 20-30 billion euros," he added.

Recovery costs will be split equally between the federal government and the provinces.

Der Spiegel said on Monday that the federal government has agreed to a € 30bn recovery package.

Germany suffers from worst flooding in decades

Floods in the two western states of Germany killed 184 people. The eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt was also hit by flooding, as was the southern state of Bavaria.

Lasche and other German officials have been criticized for how they handle the crisis.

Some residents of badly affected areas said they received no warning before the deadly floods began. German prosecutors recently launched an investigation into the flood-hit head of the Ahrweiler district on charges of negligence.

Lasche was criticized for laughing while visiting the flood-stricken city with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier last month. The prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia later apologized for his mistake.

"It was stupid, stupid, I shouldn't have allowed it," said Lashe

While Lasche was seen as the top contender to replace Angela Merkel as chancellor during the September general election, a recent poll showed that Social Democratic Party (SPD) candidate Olaf Scholz could lead the country in a tripartite coalition.

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