by Maria Sheahan
BERLIN (Reuters) – A rescue official dashed hopes on Wednesday of finding more survivors in the rubble of flood-ravaged villages in western Germany, while a poll showed many Germans feel parliamentarians have not done enough to protect them.
At least 170 people died in last week’s floods, Germany’s worst natural disaster in more than half a century, and thousands were missing.
“We’re still looking for missing people as we clean roads and pump water out of basements,” Sabine Lackner, deputy head of Germany’s Federal Agency for Technical Emergencies (THW), told Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland.
For immediate relief, the federal government will initially provide up to 200 million euros in emergency support, and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said more help could be made available if needed.
This will add to at least 250 million euros that will be provided by the affected states to repair damaged buildings and local infrastructure and to support people in crisis situations.
Scholz said the government will contribute to the costs of rebuilding infrastructure such as roads and bridges. The full extent of the damage is unclear, but Scholz said rebuilding after previous floods cost about 6 billion euros.
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