Chancellor Angela Merkel visited parts of western Germany hit by the flooding, which has killed at least 156 people. The chancellor spoke in a village devastated by the floodwaters.
She described the damage as ‘surreal’ and ‘terrifying.’ She pledged rapid help from the government – and said Germany must do more to tackle climate change.
The disaster area spans more than 100 kilometers near the border with the Netherlands and Belgium, where the district of Ahrweiler was the worst hit.
Merkel visited the small town of Schuld where she examined the extent of the damage there. The swollen river in the town swept away houses and left debris piled high in the streets. The chancellor also met with survivors and emergency workers.
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