Flooding crisis in southern Germany prompts chancellor’s visit

Chancellor Olaf Scholz, alongside Bavaria's State Premier and the Interior Minister, visited flood-ravaged Reichertshofen, pledging swift government support amid severe destruction.

Oliver Pieper reports for Deutsche Welle.


In short:

  • Heavy rainfall caused the Paar River to overflow, flooding Reichertshofen and forcing over 3,000 evacuations.
  • Emergency workers, supported by 20,000 volunteers, are engaged in extensive rescue and cleanup operations.
  • Local business owners and residents stress the need for immediate and effective government assistance.

Key quote:

"This is the fourth time this year that I have gone to a specific area of operation. We will do everything we can...to ensure that help can be provided quickly."

— Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany.

Why this matters:

Flooding in Germany has become increasingly frequent and severe, disrupting lives and highlighting the urgent need for robust climate action and disaster preparedness measures. The affected communities face immediate challenges, including displacement, property damage, and economic hardship.

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