BERLIN: Germany's cabinet on Wednesday approved the first release of $472 million in aid to immediate flood-affected people. Along with this, a pledge was taken to rebuild the area ruined by the floods. It is believed that billions of dollars will be spent on the reconstruction of this ruined area.
Finance Minister Olf Scholzo said half of the relief package would be released by the federal government led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, while the remaining 50 percent would be provided by the state government to help those affected by last week's floods. He said that the relief amount would be increased if needed.
A total of 171 people lost their lives in floods after heavy rains on Wednesday and Thursday, about half of them in Ahrweiler County. At the same time, floods have also wreaked havoc in the neighboring country of Belgium and 31 people have died there.