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Steinmeier urges rapid aid for flood victims in the event of a state act

The federal and state governments have provided billions in aid for the victims of the flood disaster in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia. The Federal President warns that no line should be drawn with this.

Nürburg – Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer addressed the victims of the flood disaster in a state ceremony.

“We know that nothing in your life is what it was before,” said Steinmeier on Wednesday at the Nürburgring. “But you should know that your country will not leave you alone on your way back to life.” Dreyer also pledged solidarity with those affected. “I know that the greatest concern on the ground now is to be forgotten when the cameras turn back on other events.” But she tells those affected: “Nobody will be forgotten!”

In Rhineland-Palatinate, 133 people in the particularly affected Ahr valley and one person in the area of the Trier police headquarters were killed in the flood after extremely heavy rain on July 14th and 15th. The natural disaster hit Rhineland-Palatinate to the core, said Dreyer. “I can’t get the many fates out of my head.” Those affected should know that they are not alone. “The whole of Rhineland-Palatinate takes part in their suffering. And we are sadly connected to our neighboring state North Rhine-Westphalia, which also has many fatalities. All of Germany mourns with us. “

Steinmeier: “We mourn with you”

Steinmeier spoke of “enormous respect” that people have not given up despite desperation. “That you tackle it anyway, look ahead, however infinitely difficult it may often be. And I would like to thank you for that too, ”he emphasized. For those affected, nothing is what it was. “Today I would like to express my condolences and condolences to you, the relatives and the bereaved. We, the whole country, mourn with you. “

Steinmeier called for quick help. “You who have been hit so badly. They urgently need financial support, and I welcome the extensive aid fund that the federal government has launched. ”The federal states had also done the same. “The money must come to you as soon as possible, to those who urgently need this help.” The disaster concerns everyone. “We all have to ask ourselves what can we do to be better prepared for such disasters, for such extreme weather conditions.”

Dreyer said the state government will do everything to ensure that “the old homeland can also be the new homeland”. “We want to build an Ahr valley with a future together with those responsible for the local authority and everyone on site. One in which people can live happily and as safely as possible. ”It is likely that everything will not be the same as before. “Let us use the reconstruction to develop the valley in a sustainable and future-proof way! The state government is at the side of those affected and the municipalities, they can rely on that, ”emphasized the Prime Minister.

Relatives of the dead and missing, injured, injured, auxiliary workers and mayors of the affected places also took part in the state act. According to the State Chancellery, the Nürburgring is “a symbol of solidarity and help” for flood victims: After the disaster, the emergency services were coordinated and the halls filled with donations in kind. dpa

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