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Mayors Of Flood-Hit German Towns Call For More Aid

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FILE - In this July 15, 2021 file photo the Ahr river floats past destroyed houses in Insul, Germany. Due to heavy rain falls the Ahr river dramatically went over the banks the evening before. The mayors of three German towns badly hit by last month's deadly floods are appealing for more help from the state and federal governments, saying the disaster caused billions of euros (dollars) worth of damage. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

(AP) — The mayors of three German towns badly hit by last month’s deadly floods are appealing for more help from the state and federal governments, saying the disaster caused billions of dollars worth of damage.

The mayors said Wednesday they had written to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governor of Rhineland-Palatinate state seeking further financial help and the appointment of a special commissioner to oversee the reconstruction in the Ahr Valley. At least 138 people were killed there during the July 14-15 floods.

The mayor of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler said his town estimates the damage to individuals, businesses and public infrastructure to be at least $3.6 billion.

 

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