Armin Laschet (CDU) in Swisstal (archive picture)
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In the areas of the flood disaster in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, numerous volunteers support the people with the clean-up work.
Now the district administrator of the North Rhine-Westphalian Rhein-Sieg district has asked the Prime Minister of the federal state Armin Laschet (CDU) to support these helpers financially.
"Without the selfless commitment of the many voluntary helpers (...) the clean-up work would not have progressed so far," said District Administrator Sebastian Schuster (CDU) according to a message.
One could "not be grateful enough" for the support, said the politician.
"But it is now also important that the state reimburses the many helpers for the effort they have incurred as a sign of recognition," said Schuster.
He wrote to the CDU candidate for chancellor and asked for unbureaucratic help from state funds.
"Without hesitation, people from near and far have used all their energy, time and also their machines and vehicles," said the district administrator.
Schuster did not provide detailed information on the design of the desired aid funds and the selection of potential recipients.
In western Germany, extremely heavy rain had triggered devastating floods just under three weeks ago.
More than 180 people died, some are still missing in Rhineland-Palatinate.
bbr / dpa