Disaster Area Germany receives up to EUR 400 million in emergency aid

The flood-affected areas in Germany receive up to EUR 400 million in emergency aid. Länder make available up to EUR 200 million. That amount is doubled by the federal government. Berlin will be ready to provide more help if necessary, says Finance Minister Olaf Scholz.

The money is for restoring the worst structural damage to buildings and municipal infrastructure. It may also be used for special emergencies, with a case-by-case view of eligibility for emergency aid.

An additional package of presumably billions of euros to restore affected areas is still under way. How high that amount will be is not yet known. This is because the total damage has not yet been established. The floods have caused enormous destruction in several places. At least 170 people died, including five firefighters.