Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) visits Altenahr in Rhineland-Palatinate, which was badly hit by the flood disaster. It gets emotional at the press conference that follows.
Munich / Altenahr – “Nothing is like it was anymore. In the evening hours of July 14th, 2021, an apocalypse devastated the Ahr valley. The flood disaster left a swath of devastation in the valleys of northern Rhineland-Palatinate in mid-July.
Rhineland-Palatinate: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) visits Altenahr after the flood disaster
On this Friday (September 3), Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) came to the Ahr to get an idea of the situation – it was very emotional. The non-party mayor of the Altenahr community, Cornelia Weigand, and the mayor of the Altenahr core community, Rüdiger Fuhrmann, were present. A party colleague of the Chancellor from the CDU.
We will not forget this area.
Merkel let the committed carter accompany her through his community. He showed the 67-year-old, who will no longer be Germany’s head of government after the federal election in 2021 (September 26), the immense damage caused by the floods in the new development area and in a retirement home in the 1900-inhabitant town.
Fuhrmann was waving his arms wildly, talking visibly – and captured by the cameras – hectically. Understandable: He and his community have hard work behind and ahead of them.
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“We will not forget this area”, promised Merkel during her joint visit with the Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD): “Despite all the despair, we also felt gratitude.” In the coming weeks, at best before the federal election in 2021 , the so-called flood aid fund should be passed by the Bundestag, she said. Then flood aid over 30 billion euros will be paid out. Half of this should be borne by the federal states. The federal government wants to advance the amount.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) visits the flood area – the mayor bursts into tears
Only in Rhineland-Palatinate are around 65,000 people affected by the flood disaster. Private individuals should also be allowed to apply for flood aid. At the subsequent press conference on the tour, it finally got really emotional. Mayor Fuhrmann let his emotions run free and burst into tears a few meters from the Chancellor when colleague Weigand reported on the bad experiences of the past weeks and the huge challenge. CDU politician Fuhrmann screwed up his glassy eyes again and again. Meanwhile, the Chancellor looked very thoughtful. (pm)